Information for prospective students


Undergraduate study

Undergraduate Neuroscience

A major route into neuroscience for most undergraduates is through the Natural Sciences degree course.

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 Neuroscience course. Neuroscience also forms a part of courses such as pharmacology, physiology, development & neuroscience, psychology and zoology.

How to apply

For information on how to apply to Cambridge, and the different courses available, visit the University Admissions Office.

Postgraduate study

The Graduate School

Cambridge has excellent opportunities for those wishing to embark on a career in neuroscience. Cambridge provides a stimulating and supportive environment for Graduate Students. There is a carefully monitored research supervision system, and a wealth of seminars and other research-oriented teaching available to students. The Graduate School of Biological, Medical and Veterinary Sciences has details of both Masters and PhD courses in the sciences.

Before you apply for a PhD in Cambridge, we would advise that you contact potential PhD supervisors in your field of interest to discover whether your research can be accommodated in the supervisor's laboratory. In Cambridge, students currently do not spend an extended period conducting research projects in different labs or taking courses in a large range of fields. Instead you will begin research work at the start under the guidance of your supervisor, attending lectures tailored to your individual requirements that are relevant to your chosen field and general principles of experimental design and analysis. Cambridge Neuroscience has members from many different departments, so it is worthwhile investigating if there are any specific departmental submission requirements. Once you have identified a potential supervisor, a formal application via the Board of Graduate Studies can be made.

Find a supervisor

Potential neuroscience supervisors can be identified by searching our directory.

How to apply

The Board of Graduate Studies provides details on how to apply to Cambridge.