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After the application deadline in December, all complete applications will be reviewed by the members of the Organising Committee for the course. A shortlist will be drawn up and candidates invited for interview. 

Students must have, or expect to obtain, at least a high upper second class degree. Overseas applicants are also eligible to apply, and must obtain a degree equivalent to at least that of a high upper second class honours degree from a British university. GPA scores equivalent to this can be found at

For the doctoral programme, interviews usually take place in late January (in 2024, these will be be during the week of January 22-26).

All short-listed applicants will be asked to take part in a panel interview. Interviews are also scheduled to take place for the Msc in neuroscience during the same week. Interviews will last for 30 minutes, and will begin with a 10 minute presentation based on a previous or current research project.

What happens after your interview?

If you are accepted

You will receive an email from the Course Lecturer offering you a place on the course. The offer will be dependent on fulfilment of any qualifying conditions set by the admissions panel. If you intend to accept the offer, please ensure that you inform the Course Lecturer in writing by the date given.

Please note: An offer of a place is not a guarantee of funding. In the last 5 years, we have been able to offer 12 studentships to applicants. In addition, we have been able to accept  6 applicants with their own prestigious scholarships (for example, Rhodes scholarships).


If you are rejected

You will receive an emailed letter about 2-3 weeks after the interviews have been completed.

If you are waitlisted

The admissions panel would like to offer you a place, but at this time the course is full. If a place subsequently becomes available then you will receive an offer. You will be notified that you are on the waiting list by the Course Lecturer

Applicants reconsidered for the MSc in Neuroscience

If your application for the 1+3 Doctoral Programme is not successful, we will still consider you for the MSc in Neuroscience, unless you let us know in your application that you do not want this. You will receive an email letting you know that your application for the Doctoral Programme has not been successful and asking you to confirm whether you still wish to be considered for the one year MSc alone.