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Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit MPhil/PhD

Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit MPhil/PhD

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4 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology

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Course Summary


The Gatsby Unit is a world-class centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine learning. We provide a unique opportunity for a critical mass of theoreticians to interact closely with each other and with other world-class research groups across UCL. Teaching is supplemented with regular research talks, journal clubs and reading groups, extensive seminar programmes and participation in international conferences. As a student you will have ready access to all members of academic staff, not just your immediate supervisors. It is expected that most students will go on to postdoctoral positions in institutions across the world although some may take up posts in industry as senior research scientists or similar.


Most of our graduates go on to postdoctoral positions in academia, although a few students have been known to take up medicine or senior positions in industry. Recent graduates have taken up research posts at institutions such as the University of Cambridge, Princeton, Berkeley, Colorado, École normale supérieure Paris and HHMI Janelia Research Campus and organisations including Microsoft Research, Google Deepmind and the Wellcome Trust.


Our students are extremely well trained - we offer a very intense, and very rigorous, programme. They therefore tend to get good jobs; over 90% of our graduate students get postdoctoral positions, and then tend to go on to academic positions.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience or machine learning and a relevant first degree at a minimum of upper second-class UK Bachelor's level or an overseas equivalent, for example in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology or Statistics. Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

University information

UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury and a second campus in vibrant east London, the university is home to around 42,000 students...more

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