Applications for September 2024 are now closed. 

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Entry requirements

We welcome candidates with a keen interest in neuroscience combined with an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as Neuroscience or other life sciences, Physics, Mathematics, or Computer Science. Please note that candidates offered a place on the SWC PhD programme will be required to meet UCL's standard admissions requirements (including the English language requirements for international applicants).


Full funding is available to all students, regardless of nationality. Our PhD studentships cover UCL tuition fees for both home and international students and include an annual tax-free stipend as well as a travel budget for attending conferences and workshops.

We also welcome applications from students with pre-secured funding or who are currently applying for other scholarships/studentships.

2023 application deadlines

The deadline for applicants is 23:59 GMT on 20 November. Referees have until 23:59 GMT on 21 November to submit a reference.

The first round of interviews take place via video call from 13 December to 29 January. Applicants that are selected for this round will be informed w/c 11 December 2023.

The second round of interviews take place at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre 6-8 March. Applicants invited will be notified w/c 5 February 2024.

Offer letters will be sent out from 11 March 2024.

Contact us

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

Photo of Gatsby and SWC PhD students talking at a Centre event