UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain (ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP) provides cutting-edge cross-disciplinary PhD training in the study of brain and behaviour in the real world. Understanding how humans operate in the real-world, the ecological niche in which the brain has evolved, is critical to explaining the richness of human experiences. Most scientific knowledge about brain and behaviour, however, comes from laboratory studies focusing on a single domain and sacrifice real-world context to achieve experimental control. At the other end of the spectrum, scholars studying real-world phenomena often sacrifice experimental control in order to conduct studies in naturalistic settings. Laboratory experiments, however, often have limited external validity, while naturalistic approaches are descriptive, and therefore do not address causal relationships between brain, behaviour and the environment.

Ecological brain moves from established patterns of working within single disciplines to an integrative science approach that brings together psychology, neuroscience, education, geography, computer science, engineering and architecture to bridge the gap between basic scientific discovery, and the application of this knowledge. It brings together supervisors from several disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, architecture, computer science, engineering, education and geography sharing the vision that to explain the richness of human experiences it is critical to understand how humans operate in the real-world. The DTP aims to equip the next generation of brain scientists in harnessing and further developing new methods and technologies - part of the digital revolution - to measure behaviour and brain activity in the wild, to bring real-world complexity into the lab and to analyse the wealth of data these methods produce.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: To be confirmed