Research course

Neural Dynamics

University of Bristol · Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class undergraduate degree or Master's degree in a biomedical science discipline or a relevant theoretical discipline (mathematics, computer science or physics). You should also have some background in mathematics or computer science, eg A-levels or application of mathematical modelling/computational methods in undergraduate research. Crucially, we are looking for talented and motivated students who are willing to take up the many varied challenges in neural dynamics and are open to learning about new disciplines and working across different fields.

Months of entry


Course content

Neural dynamics is the study of the nervous system's remarkable capacity to change and, at a systems level, the dynamic interplay between integration and segregation of brain regions that enables all aspects of behaviour, including learning, memory, homeostasis and sensorimotor control.

The Wellcome Trust PhD programme is different to a traditional PhD route, in that it provides you with a year of taught units and two extensive research projects before you embark on your primary research focus. This innovative structure presents an opportunity to explore several areas of neural dynamics research, giving you a broad understanding of the foundations underpinning your core interests. This means you can make a fully informed decision about the major research focus of the remaining three years of your PhD.

Bristol is a fantastic place to live, with a lively neuroscience student community that creates and is involved in several groups and activities.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

This programme is fully funded by the Wellcome Trust. The trust provides funding to cover PhD programme fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, a stipend for living expenses and contributions towards travel and transferable skills training.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administration Manager
+44 (0) 117 331 1535