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Neuroscience (PhD)

Neuroscience Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Degree awarded
3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

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+44 (0)161 275 5608
How to apply

Apply online

On the online application form, select PhD or MPhil for this programme and follow the instructions on our How to Apply page.

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for home/EU, 12 weeks for overseas). We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

Home/EU applicants:

April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017

Overseas applicants:

April 2017 - submission in January 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Research and postgraduate study in neuroscience can focus on:

  • establishment of animal models for psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD);
  • combining behaviour with in vivo electrophysiology in awake and anaesthetized rats and post-mortem brain analysis of biomarkers;
  • developing a maternal immune activation model to complement our well established pharmacological model for schizophrenia;
  • for ADHD, we are developing a novel animal model whereby rats are separated into high and low attentive and impulsive groups. We are also interested in taking this approach to patient stratification;
  • assessing efficacy of novel treatments for cognition and negative symptoms in schizophrenia including drug and exercise therapy;
  • schizophrenia patients where we are interested in the beneficial effects of cognitive remediation and social skills training.
  • working with preclinical models for Alzheimer's disease (AD). One focus is around the administration of different types of amyloid beta (Aß) oligomers into the brain to induce cognitive deficits;
  • the underlying biological mechanisms that may lead to the cognitive deficits observed in these models;
  • we are currently developing a novel inducible model for sporadic AD to study the link between amyloid and inflammation in the early stages of the disease.

These studies will help with the identification of new therapeutic targets and provide a platform for assessing the efficacy of novel therapies.

Further information about the research conducted at The University of Manchester can be found on our Neuroscience and Mental Health research domain pages .

About our PhD and MPhil degrees

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

See the training and development page for more information.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,195, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,098, Low £4,125, Medium £7,250, High £9,750
    International students (per annum): Standard £10,500, Low £11,500, Medium £14,250, High £16,750