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.

1) Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Unit in the first instance by forwarding, in PDF or plain text format where possible:

  • their CV,
  • a statement of research interests,
  • transcript(s) for previous degrees,
  • and arranging for three academic referees to forward letters of reference in this format,

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

2) These should be sent to admissions@gatsby.ucl.ac.uk. General enquiries should also be directed to this e-mail address. For further details of research interests please visit the unit website.

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 click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Back to PhD Program