Centre for Neuroregeneration

Student Information

Information about the Centre for Neuroregeneration for students.

PhD Programme

The Centre for Neuroregeneration runs an excellent PhD programme for UK and international students who have an interest in exploring the centre's research themes.

Programme Overview

The PhD programme benefits from:

  • dedicated mentoring and expertise of internationally recognised PI's who are committed to providing PhD students with the appropriate scientific background for the next step of their scientific career;
  • interdisciplinary collaborations which have been established with other research centres in the UK and beyond; and
  • access to a number of lectures, seminars and journal clubs within CNR and the wider Edinburgh Neuroscience community. Some of these are key opportunities for students to polish their presentation skills.

Edinburgh Neuroscience

Past PhD students have gone on to a variety of careers including:

  • further University academic posts;
  • University administration;
  • science grants management; and
  • secondary school teaching.

Our students also have the opportunity to attend and participate in national and international scientific conferences.

We expect successful applicants to be motivated and show intitiative throughout their programme and must have an excellent academic record. Successful applicants will have a good first degree (BSc; 2:1 Honours or equivalent) and/or a Masters qualification in a science subject preferably with a significant neuroscience component. More information on the application process can be found here (link to application process page).

Our PhD programmes are funded from a variety of sources and can run for 3 or 4 years.

During their programme the PhD students will receive quality training and experience in the use of certain techniques and equipments (including molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, bichemistry, histology, imaging etc.); presentation, experimental writing and communication skills; as well as experience in working with various animal models.

The University of Edinburgh provides a structured support committee for the successful completion of a thesis for our PhD students. Each student is assigned a thesis committee which consists of a principal and second (advisory) supervisor, a panel chair and an external member who monitor the progression of the students research project throughout the period of study. Their role is to support and guide the student toward submission of a PhD thesis and provide feedback on how this can be improved further. Students present a 10 week report during the first year and subsequently present an annual report to their Thesis Committee until the programme finishes.

How to apply to the PhD Programme


MSc Programme

The MSc (by Research) in Integrative Neuroscience is a one-year, full-time Research Masters/Diploma course spanning all levels of modern Neuroscience (molecular, cellular, systems, regenerative, cognitive, clinical and computational).

MSc (by Research) in Integrative Neuroscience

Programme Structure

The programme comprises advanced seminars and two 12-week Research Projects in which students carry out intensive research in laboratories within Edinburgh University. Students also participate in Graduate Seminars given by CNR members throughout the year. One of the projects is written up as a Dissertation for assessment.


Candidates for the MSc (by Research) in Integrative Neuroscience should have a good first degree ( at least 2:1 Honours or equivalent) in a science subject. Places on the course are limited and awarded competitively to candidates, who may be interviewed. We also welcome applications from junior scientists within industry, and students wishing to obtain training in Neuroscience after having graduated in another discipline.

Research Projects

Students intending to take our MSc Integrative Neuroscience course do not need to select a project at this stage.

How to apply for the MSc (by Research) in Integrative Neuroscience