Studying Neuroscience

Bristol's world-class learning experience encourages students to become independent thinkers, equipped to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges they encounter throughout their lives and careers and become leaders in their chosen fields.

The dropdown lists below detail some of the neuroscience courses available for enrollment here at the University of Bristol. 

To find out more, or to view all the courses on offer, click on the appropriate link:

Bristol Neuroscience Society

Bristol NeuroSoc is an active and recognised group which undergraduate and Masters neuroscience and psychological science students use as a means of meeting and sharing common interests. The society has a family/house system devised to get students from different years to meet and socialise with each other and to provide academic and pastoral help. They organise regular events and provide an excellent opportunity to speak to people, work out plans and ideas, and encourage each other through the trials and tribulations of doing a degree. 

Contact NeuroSoc via email or go to their website.

Open Days and Visits

The University of Bristol hosts a number of open days for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students:

Grey Walter Prize for best PhD paper

Neuroscience research at Bristol has made an impact around the world, from synaptic and circuit function to robotics, and Bristol Neuroscience recognises the contribution of Early Career Researchers to the field by running a competition named in honour of William Grey Walter who conducted basic and applied neurophysiological research at the Burden Neurological Institute in Bristol. He is best known for constructing some of the first electronic autonomous robots, Machina Speculatrix, whose reflexes, when combined with their environment, demonstrated life-like behaviour. 

The cash prize is awarded to an existing or recently graduated (within two years) PhD student who is first or joint author of a journal paper based on a research project which they conceptualised and developed independently and which has had discernible impact (input into the translational pipeline, media coverage, subsequent funding success to further the research, etc.). 

Past winners of the Grey Walter Prize:

The 2020 round of the Grey Walter Prize is now CLOSED


  • You must be or have recently been a registered University of Bristol student (no more than two years graduated)
  • You must be first or joint-first author of the paper
  • The paper should be based on work that you completed from conception to publication
  • You will need to justify your paper’s impact in the form below
  • The article must have been published within the past two years and no more than two years past graduation if you have already completed your PhD; for this round, therefore, the paper must have been published in 2019 or 2020
  • Pre-prints will be accepted
  • The winner will be expected to give a presentation on their paper at the Bristol Brain Research Day online event taking place on 14 January 2021, 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00. If you are not available to present live you will be asked to prerecord your talk.
  • The judging panel will consist of the Bristol Neuroscience Hub leads

For further information on the scheme contact Catherine Brown

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