University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Cognition and Brain Sciences

Our research investigates fundamental human cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory, and emotion. We do this using a combination of behavioural experiments, neuroimaging, and computer modelling. Behavioural experiments help us understand how these processes work at all ages and how they become disrupted in disease and disorder. Neuroimaging helps us study the brain mechanisms underlying human cognition. Where possible, we use our discoveries to improve human health and well-being from childhood through to older age, for example by developing new treatments for clinical disorders of cognition and mental health.

Entry requirements

At least a upper 2nd Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent; IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading; TOEFL: paper-based test: 600 with 5.0 in the test of written English (TWE); TOEFL: internet-based test: 100 with a minimum score of 25 in each element.

Assessment methods

Research project under individual supervision, examined by thesis and oral examination.

Sponsorship information

The Medical Research Council funds 3 4-year PhD studentships, covering all fees and stipends. Externally funded stduents are also welcome and we have been successful in gaining many scholarships from the University of Cambridge to fund our international students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 3,807 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 17,028 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,262 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Part-time £ 17,178 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,924 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 18,732 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,352 per Academic year (home fees) 5 years
PhD Part-time £ 11,238 per Academic year (overseas fees) 5 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

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