Cognitive Neuroscience PhD

Course Introduction

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Research profile

The newly founded Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) focuses on fundamental and applied research into the relationships between brain function, behaviour and psychological processes - using techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, psychophysics, transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS), transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), infrared thermography and behavioural experiments.

Bringing together cognitive neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, cognitive psychologists and sports and exercise psychologists the group aims to carry out cutting edge research on cognitive/perceptual/motor processes and their neural substrates in these three main research strands:

Vision ? visual attention, visual perception, face perception, visual language.

Action ? motor control, executive control, performance (e.g. sport).

Plasticity ? lifespan changes, acquisition of expertise (e.g. in areas above such as vision, action and performance, sports), neurodegeneration/rehabilitation.

Employability

Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students

Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available. Find out more here.

Following the completion of the course students may follow several career paths, for instance:

Career path within academia starting as a University Lecturer/Assistant Professor

Career progression within research institutes commencing as a post-doc researcher and progressing to senior researcher

Career path within government agencies (e.g., Sport England, UK Sport, English Institute of Sport, Department of Health, etc)

Career path within Sport organisations and charities

Career path in Health and Social Care

Career path in Professional Education and Training.

Start Date

Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year.. Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year..

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £19,280 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,640 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations.
  • International entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. English language requirements IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 7