Research course

Neuroscience and Neurophysiology

University of Birmingham · Division of Neuroscience
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

For Masters study: 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. For PhD study: 1st (Hons) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Understanding brain function and brain diseases are major intellectual and practical challenges facing mankind. Neuroscience in the School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine has research strengths in:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Neurodegeneration and repair
  • Neuronal function and dysfunction
  • Psychiatry

It spans basic and clinical research, at levels of analysis from the molecular to the whole organism. It has strong collaborative links with the Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit and with the wider neuroscience community in the Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Research is performed in specialised laboratories for:

  • Molecular neurology
  • Molecular neuroscience
  • Cellular neuroscience
  • Cellular and systems electrophysiology
  • Imaging and neuropharmacology

Clinical studies are centred on the Clinical Neuroscience Unit in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Academic Psychiatry Unit in the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital (QEPH), and through field teams based at the QEPH.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at:

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

Please visit: number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors, as well as by national and local charities; home/EU students should contact the School directly for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005