Post-graduate studies at the Dept of Neuroscience

The Department of Neuroscience offers Post-graduate studies of high quality in a broad spectrum of subjects related to neuroscience. Over a hundred doctoral students are currently affiliated to the department. Post-graduate research is conducted in both pre-clinical and clinical subjects, at BMC and at Uppsala University Hospital. We have also doctoral students based at various centres for clinical research; such as, CKF Västerås, CKF Falun, CKF Gävle.

By independently conducting your own research project, under the superrvision of a senior researchers, you will have the opportunity to develop both your practical and theoretical skills. At the same time you will learn the latest techniques in modern research. Our scientific environment also provides boundless opportunities to extend your knowledge in both breadth and depth.our groups of researchers are continuously looking for collaborative partners, post-doctoral fellows, Ph.D. students and project students. Read more about our research groups and you are welcome to contact the various group leaders.

Post-graduate studies

Studying to obtain a doctoral degree involves not only becoming one of the foremost experts in a particular field, but also training in planing, critical thinking, and the art of taking responsibility for the implementation of a project. At the start of your doctoral training you will receive a considerable degree of help and support from your supervisor in respect of choice of project or subject and other issues. Towards the end of your time as a Ph.D. student here you are expected to be able to take your own decisions and to work independently. Our objective is for you to become an independent researcher, ready to carry out highly skilled tasks - irrespective of whether you will work within academia, industry, healthcare or public administration.

Your course of post-graduate study will cover at least 240 credits for a doctoral degree, and at least 120 credits for a licenciate degree. These studies comprise a number courses and a dissertation.

For the Faculty of Medicine the part of studies consisting in courses should be equivalent to least 30 credits. Yours course part consists then of 15 credits of which 8,5-11,5 credits are mandatory. In the theory part congresses, seminars, etc may be included.

In addition to your own independently conducted research you will participate as a doctoral student in literature seminars, lectures and conferences etc. The courses are intended as a means for you as doctoral student improve your skills as a researcher. The course - and theory part of your studies is set out in your individual study plan.

As a doctoral student you are expected to assist in the work of your Department. This may mean participation in the Department's teaching responsibilities: giving lessons in the laboratory, leading group exercises, holding seminars, and giving lectures. This may also involve offering supervision to students working on an undergraduate project or dissertation or working as an assistant. The goal of the Departments is for all of our doctoral students to participate in the Department's teaching: and in this way promoted the professional development of our doctoral students as university teachers.

Such work for the Department is not to exceed 20 per cent of your time over a period of five years at the most.