Translational Neuroscience - how to apply

Applications for September 2022 entry to the Wellcome funded 4 Year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscienceare now being invited. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 30 November 2021. 

Number of studentships available

Between 2020 and 2024 (i.e. five cohorts) we will be recruiting six fully funded students each year to the Translational Neuroscience PhD programme.  Five studentships are funded by Wellcome and one is funded by a 'College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine Translational Neuroscience Scholarship'.

Key dates

  • Call for applications for September 2022 entry is now open.
  • Deadline for receipt of completed applications and references is 30 November 2021.
  • Interviews for the current recruitment round will follow a hybrid model, with both in-person and virtual options available. Interviews are provisionally arranged to take place on Monday 24 January 2022 with a programme presentation event the evening before (Sunday 23 January). 

Application Form

Applications should be submitted on the Translational Neuroscience application form, which is available to download here. Once completed it should be emailed to

Diversity survey

The diversity survey anonymous and information is collected for statistical purposes only.  The information you provide will not, and cannot, be associated with your application (we don't have the technology for that).  The diversity survey can be accessed here.


You are responsible for arranging for references to be submitted in support of your application. These should be provided directly by the referees identified on your application.  You may find the university reference guidelines helpful .  Your referees should provide their reference on official letterhead paper, and email it to

Please inform your referees that it is very important that your name and '2022-WT4yrPhD-TN' in the subject line of the email in order to ensure your references are matched properly with your application. Please ensure that all references are received by midnight on the deadline date.

Should I contact a PhD supervisor in advance?

The Translational Neuroscience programme is designed to appeal to students with an open mind about their future PhD project. You do not apply to undertake a specific project since, during year 1, you are exposed to a wide range of new ideas, technical approaches and research areas. You then use these experiences to develop your own PhD project towards the end of first year. You should not, therefore, contact a PhD supervisor before you submit an application to this PhD programme.

Language requirements for foreign students

Overseas students whose first language is not English are required by the University to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English before they are allowed to matriculate and register as a postgraduate student.

The normal way to demonstrate this proficiency is by achieving the required score in either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), although there are some alternative English qualifications, such as a degree from a UK university, a degree from a majority English speaking country (as defined by UK Visas & Imigration), or degrees taught in English at approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries. 

Please note: you do not need to provide your English language qualification documentation unless, and until,  you are offered a place on the PhD programme. We do not require this at the time of initital application.