Information for Prospective students

Undergraduate study

A major route into neuroscience for most undergraduates is through the Natural Sciences Tripos degree course. The Natural Sciences Tripos is the framework within which most of the sciences are taught in Cambridge.

You can find information for prospective students here.

First year (Part IA) subjects are quite broad to provide students with a strong basis for pursuing more specialised subjects in subsequent years. Second year (Part IB) students have the opportunity to take a variety of subjects that strongly feature neuroscience, namely: Experimental Psychology, Neurobiology, and Pharmacology.

In your third year (Part II) students can elect to retain a broad study of science or concentrate on a single subject. The School of Biology has details of the Part II Psychology Neuroscience & Behaviour, course. Lectures are organised into 11 modules of 24 lectures organised by the Departments of Physiology, Developmental and Neuroscience, Psychology and Zoology, but calling on expertise from across the university and its affiliated institutions. Students will follow 4 modules and complete a two term experimental project in the laboratory of an individual supervisor based in one of the contributing departments or elsewhere in the Cambridge Neuroscience community.

Neuroscience also forms a part of other Part II courses such as Pharmacology, Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, Psychology and Zoology.

How to apply

For information about how to apply, interviews, admissions tests, and more, please consult the undergraduate admissions webpages.

Please direct any admissions enquiries to your preferred College or to the Cambridge Admissions Office by emailing

Postgraduate study

Cambridge has excellent opportunities for those wishing to embark on a career in neuroscience. Cambridge provides a stimulating and supportive environment for Postgraduate Students. There is a carefully monitored research supervision system, and a wealth of seminars and other research-oriented teaching available to students. There is no single Department of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge but it is possible to do a neuroscience-focused post graduate degree at more than 30 Departments and Institutes across Cambridge Neuroscience. The Postgraduate School of Life Sciences has details of both Masters and PhD courses in the sciences.

You can find information for prospective students here.

How to apply

For information on more neuroscience-specific courses, available projects, how to apply and more, please consult our Cambridge Neuroscience Postgraduate Training Portal.