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Newcastle University: Neuroscience

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department Institute of Neuroscience
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Study type Research


The Institute for Neuroscience has clinicians and scientists working together to understand the brain and behaviour. From the basic biology of neurons through to complex processes of perception and decision-making behaviour, we address how the mind, brain, and body work together and translate this knowledge into clinical applications for patient benefit.

We offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in the following research areas:

Motor systems development, plasticity and function Visual system development, plasticity and repair Neural computation and network systems Auditory neuroscience Pain Psychobiology Neurotoxicology Forensic psychiatry and clinical psychology Systems and computational neuroscience Behaviour and evolution Visual perception and human cognition Pharmacy

We encourage applicants to find out more about our staff specialisms on the Institute of Neuroscience’s website.


Several of our PhD studentships require or encourage up to three months internships in a related area, for example in industry, hospital laboratories, or charities.

CASE studentships include a six month placement working with the industrial partner.


The Institute of Neuroscience (ION) has well-equipped laboratories and research infrastructure including the new Centre for Translational Systems Neuroscience and the Campus for Ageing and Vitality.

Our imaging technology includes preclinical and clinical PET, fMRI and CT scanners.

There is office space, computing facilities and a dedicated student social area.

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Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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About us
A Global Top 125 university (QS World University Rankings 2023), Newcastle University is dedicated to excellence, creativity and innovation, pioneering solutions that can change our world.

Through world-class research it tackles some of the biggest challenges facing society globally, leading in its key strengths of ageing and health, data, energy, cities, culture and creative arts. The UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021 assessed its research as world-leading with outstanding impact.

Through high quality teaching it …

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