Research course

Systems Neuroscience

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable. Please contact the Faculty of Life Sciences for further information.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

The behaviour of mammals is controlled by a complex of interconnected electrically active cells called neurones. To quickly and efficiently process sensory information these neurones are organised into networks. Such networks are thought to have evolved both for specialised processing within each sensory modality and for multi-modal integration vital for the preparation and execution of behavioural responses. Systems neuroscience uses cutting edge recording assemblies to acquire electrical signals throughout the nervous system. Through the application of mathematical and computer models, we seek to improve understanding of how neuronal networks process sensory information, store and retrieve memories and execute motor actions.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS; 577 TOEFL (paper); 233 TOEFL (computer); 90 TOEFL (internet).

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0)161 275 5608
+44 (0)161 275 5657