Postgraduate programmes

We are involved in many research and taught programmes which are linked with other schools in the Faculty and beyond.

Postgraduate training in physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience is organised through the Faculty of Biomedical Science Graduate School. Our programmes and projects follow the key areas of research in the School, which cover the broad themes of cardiovascular science, neuroscience and cell signalling and cell biology.

Research programmes


Wellcome Trust, 4 year PhD in Neural Dynamics 

We are currently looking for one student to add to our cohort starting in September 2019.

Application process: Please apply online at by selecting ‘Faculty of Life Sciences' and ‘Wellcome 4-year PhD in Neural Dynamics'

Please ensure you include a CV, and two referees plus a cover letter outlining your own neuroscience interests by Wednesday 19 June 2019. Please upload your covering letter into the Personal Statement section of the application form.

The Wellcome Trust provides a stipend and PhD registration fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, contribution towards travel and a contribution towards transferable-skills training. The Wellcome Trust does not pay fees at the overseas rate but we are able to waive overseas fees for one overseas student. For further information please see or contact: Elaine Sparey, Postgraduate Administrator, Faculty of Life Sciences, Graduate School (

Current PhD positions available as part of the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership:

GW4 Biomed PhD Studentships in PPN (PDF, 108kB)

SWBio Studentships available in our school are:

Regulation of cardiorespiratory control by a novel brainstem circadian clock
Hugh Piggins and Tony Pickering (details to follow)
Cholinergic modulation of cerebellar dependent motor learning
Zafar Bashir and Richard Apps


You are also welcome to make a proposal for a PhD project of your choosing, by contacting an individual principal investigator relevant to your research interests. For general information on undertaking a PhD in our school, visit the PhD in Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience prospectus entry.

The faculty has further information on funding your programme.

Postgraduate Information Booklet

Taught programmes

Postgraduate visits and open days

The University hosts events for prospective students throughout the year, including our main postgraduate open day in November.

Did you know?

We have a regular programme of school research seminars that will expose you to a wide range of research areas and techniques, presented by experts from within the School as well as renowned scientists from the UK and abroad.

I felt it bridged the gap between a BSc and a PhD well. Being able to visit laboratories such as Eli Lilly provided an experience of industry in addition to working in the University.

Elliot Mocharrafie (MRes Systems Neuroscience, 2012), Graduate
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