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Inhibitory interneurons in the developing cerebral cortex © Simon Butt

The four-year 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 DPhil in Neuroscience (1+3) course information on the University of Oxford admissions website.

The DPhil Neuroscience programme is associated with a list of 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, 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 following researchers are affiliated with this programme

Colin J Akerman

Professor of Neuroscience

David Bannerman

Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Esther Becker

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

Timothy Behrens

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Geoff Bird

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Rafal Bogacz

Professor of Computational Neuroscience

Peter Brown

Professor of Experimental Neurology

Randy Bruno

Professor of Neuroscience

Mark J. Buckley

Professor of Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Philip Burnet

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Simon Butt

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Zameel Cader

Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and Director of StemBANCC

Stephanie Cragg

Professor of Neuroscience

Johannes Dahmen

Departmental Lecturer

Nele Demeyere

Associate Professor

Ana Domingos

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

David Dupret

MRC Programme Leader

Nigel Emptage

Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

Catherine Harmer

Associate Head of Department (People and Culture), Professor of Cognitive ...

Paul Harrison

Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Head of Department (Research)

Tim Holt

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Sarosh Irani

Collaborator, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group

Heidi Johansen-Berg

Director of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging; Associate Head of ...

Roi Cohen Kadosh

Visiting Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Andrew King

Director, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Wellcome Principal Research ...

Armin Lak

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 Neuroscience

Robin A Murphy

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charles Newton

Cheryl & Reece Scott Professor of Psychiatry

Kia Nobre

Visiting Wu Tsai Professor of Psychology

Fernando Nodal

Departmental Lecturer

Jacinta O'Shea

Principal Investigator

Andrew Peters

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Frances Platt

Head of Department

Matthew Rushworth

Watts Chair and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Head of Department

Andrew Sharott

MRC Programme Leader

Trevor Sharp

Professor of Neuropharmacology

Hannah Smithson

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Charlotte Stagg

Professor of Human Neurophysiology

Christopher Summerfield

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

Irene Tracey

Professor Anaesthetic Neuroscience

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy

Professor of Sleep Physiology

Richard Wade-Martins

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Kerry Walker

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Mark Walton

Wellcome Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Kate Watkins

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Ben Willmore

Departmental Lecturer

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Kanmin Xue

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Nick Yeung

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Application Deadline

Applications for 2024 entry are now closed.  

Programme Director: Professor Andrew King

Deputy Programme Director: Professor Matthew Rushworth

Course Lecturer: Dr Deborah Clarke

Further Information