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Inhibitory interneurons in the developing cerebral cortex © Simon Butt

The four-year Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Neuroscience has an outstanding record of achievement in terms of the publications and future careers of the students who have graduated to date. The programme is highly regarded internationally and many of its alumni are now leading neuroscientists.

The programme takes an integrated approach to neuroscience and provides a wide range of skills training in experimental and theoretical methods that is intended to enable you to ask questions and tackle problems that transcend the traditional disciplines from which this field has evolved.

Read the full Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme in Neuroscience course information on the University of Oxford admissions website.

The Wellcome Trust Neuroscience programme is associated with a list of WT-approved supervisors, which includes those staff currently supervising DPhil students on the programme and those who have done so in the last few years. During the MSc year, the students on this 4-year programme are exposed to many new areas of neuroscience through their lab rotations and lectures. Toward the end of that year, the students put together their own proposal for a DPhil project, which could potentially be carried out in any of the neuroscience research groups at Oxford, and are encouraged, where appropriate for the project, to design their research so that more than one lab is involved. This inevitably means that the supervisor pool must be fluid enough to allow this. Subject to approval by the Organising Committee and the Wellcome Trust, new supervisors can be added to the pool following submission of the students' research proposals. Thus, the following list represents only a small subset of the academic staff who could act as supervisors for DPhil projects on the Neuroscience programme.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.  For more information please see


The following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Colin J Akerman

Professor of Neuroscience

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Timothy Behrens

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Geoff Bird

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Dorothy Bishop

Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology

Rafal Bogacz

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Peter Brown

Professor of Experimental Neurology

Mark J. Buckley

Professor of Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Christopher Butler

Associate Professor

Simon Butt

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Stephanie Cragg

Professor of Neuroscience

Johannes Dahmen

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

Nele Demeyere

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Nigel Emptage

Head of Department

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

Catherine Harmer

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Paul Harrison

Professor of Psychiatry

Tim Holt

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Sarosh Irani

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Heidi Johansen-Berg

Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging

Peter Keating

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Andrew King

Director, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience

Michael Kohl

Early Career Research Fellow, University Research Lecturer

Kristine Krug

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Victoria Bajo Lorenzana

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Peter J. Magill

MRC Programme Leader

Ed Mann

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Gero Miesenboeck

Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Anna S Mitchell

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor

Zoltan Molnar

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology

Robin A Murphy

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charles Newton

Cheryl & Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry

Kia Nobre

Head of Department of Experimental Psychology, Chair in Translational Cognitive ...

Fernando Nodal

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Jacinta O'Shea

Principal Investigator

Andrew Parker

Professor of Neuroscience

Frances Platt

Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Matthew Rushworth

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Trevor Sharp

Professor of Neuropharmacology

Charlotte Stagg

Professor of Human Neurophysiology

Mark Stokes

Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology

Mark Stokes

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience

Christopher Summerfield

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Irene Tracey

Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science

Elizabeth Tunbridge

Royal Society Research Fellow

Tim Vogels

Sir Henry Dale Fellow, Associate Professor

Richard Wade-Martins

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Mark Walton

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Ben Willmore

Senior Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Nick Yeung

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Application Deadline

Closed to applications for 2019-20 entry.  The next admissions cycle, for entry to Oxford's graduate courses in 2020-21, will commence on 2 September 2019.

Programme Director: Professor Andrew King

Deputy Programme Director: Professor Matthew Rushworth

Course Lecturer: Dr Deborah Clarke

Supported by

Wellcome Trust

Further Information