University of York

University of York

Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Our research postgraduates work closely with leading researchers in their chosen field and their projects are often published in top international journals. We regard a research degree as an apprenticeship, providing training in the knowledge and skills required to be an independent researcher. You will specialise in a relatively narrow subject area and conduct novel research to advance our knowledge of that area, meaning that by the end of your degree you are an expert in your topic. Whilst you will acquire in-depth knowledge and a specialised skill set through conducting exciting research projects alongside your supervisors, you will also receive broader training in research skills and psychological knowledge, that are widely applicable to both academic and non academic settings. We select applicants whose interests fit closely with those of our staff, so research students can benefit from expert supervision. We cannot offer places to individuals who wish to work outside the areas of research expertise within the department. Postgraduate researchers join a research team composed of one or two faculty, postdoctoral scientists and other graduate students working on related topics.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject. The 1st step in applying is to establish if there is a member of faculty with shared research interests, offering supervision. Supervision is offered in a number of areas of psychological research, but please look at the research and faculty webpages to see the research interests of individual faculty members. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Students pursuing this degree complete 3 modules in their 1st year (unless already completed in an ESRC-accredited masters programme): research design and statistics; transferable skills. 1 module from the MSc cognitive neuroscience programme.

Assessment methods

All students give a 15-20 minute presentation about their research project. All PhD students prepare written work (literature survey, empirical study and a PhD plan) for assessment 12-18 months after starting their PhD (full time).

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 - 6 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 6 years
PhD Full-time July 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time July 2017 - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 324371