Neurological Science

MPhil / PhD / MD

Disorders of the nervous system are major causes of disability globally. Neurological Science offers a range of one year research projects designed for medical students interested in working for an intercalated MPhil.

Leading international reputation in infection research, tropical medicine and global health for more than 150 years

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health was established to bring together leading medical, veterinary and basic science researchers from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

  • £6.6m

    in new research income.

  • 150

    years of leading international reputation.

  • £4.2m

    annual budget.

Research at Liverpool

The areas of study available include both applied and basic aspects of neurological infections, epilepsy, pain, magnetic resonance imaging, and health services research.

Neuroscience includes some of the most outstanding research groups in the University, with three major strengths – Neurological Infections, Epilepsy and Health Services Research, and Pain; in addition to these areas there is ongoing research in a range of other neurology subspecialities, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Research disciplines range from detailed neuropath genesis and molecular genetic studies, through clinical trials and public health interventions.

Neuroscience projects are based in the Clinical Science Centre for Research and Education adjacent to University Hospital Aintree and the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust, which is the only Neuroscience NHS Trust in the country. There are strong links with many University Departments; in particular the research laboratories of the Brain Infections Group are located within the Department of Clinical Infection, Microbiology and Immunology and the Epilepsy Group (Professor A Marson, Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology) within the Institute of Translational Medicine, and the Pain Group (Professor T Nurmikko) within the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease. In addition there are established collaborations with MARIARC (Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Research Centre). In recent years we have attracted more than £6M in research income from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, Gates Foundation, and other funders.

The staff include two Professors of Neurology, a Professor of Neuropsychology, a Professor of Pain Science, three Clinical Lecturers and two Non-Clinical Lecturers, as well as postdoctoral researchers, clinical and non-clinical fellows. In 2007 we established an Integrated Academic Training Programme in Neuroscience, which is mostly funded by the National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) and the National Coordinating Centre for Research Career Development (NCCRCD). This allows academic training alongside clinical training through the various career stages, and is a major strength of the Unit. We have a strong track record in supporting successful post-graduate researchers right through their clinical academic career.

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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