Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit


PhD Programme: How to Apply


The Unit always has openings for exceptional PhD candidates. Applicants should have a strong analytical background, a keen interest in neuroscience and / or machine learning and a relevant first degree, for example in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology or Statistics. Students seeking to combine work in neuroscience and machine learning are particularly encouraged to apply.

Competitive fully-funded studentships are available each year (to both home and overseas students) and the Unit also welcomes students with pre-secured funding or with other scholarship/studentship applications in progress. Although you may be able to bring funding it is not part of our admissions criteria.

Applications should be submitted online at:

You will need to register and respond to an email to verify your contact address. There have been reports of this verification email being treated as spam, so please check for a misfiled message if you do not see it.

Most information will be entered into the online form, but we will ask you to upload or provide the following:

  • Transcripts for your previous degrees
  • A statement of research interests
  • The names and contact details of three academic referees who have agreed to comment on your ability and suitability for doctoral research in machine learning or theoretical neuroscience. Please submit these names as soon as possible. You may do so before the rest of the application is complete. References must reach us by 16 November (one day after your deadline) to guarantee that they will be read, and it is your responsibility to follow up with your referees to ensure we receive them in time.

Candidates offered a place on the Gatsby Unit programme will be required to meet UCL standard admissions requirements. Details of these can be found at:

Please note there are English language proficiency requirements for international applicants.

Please do not apply via central UCL Admissions. All applications must be to the Gatsby Unit in the first instance.


The application deadline for 2019 admission is 23:59 GMT 15 November 2018. Interviews will be held in late January 2019. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered until after the main process is complete.


Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Any further questions may be directed to admissions@gatsby.ucl.ac.uk.