The PhD in Neurosciences was introduced in 1986 as an initiative by a group of lecturers and researchers at the UAB involved in the study of the nervous system. From the start it has been a programme involving a range of lecturers and researchers from different departments and faculties, most of whom are members of the Institute of Neurosciences, the administrating centre for this programme. The PhD in Neurosciences welcomes mainly graduates in biology, biochemistry, medicine, psychology, veterinary medicine and other students from related fields interested in researching for a PhD.

In 2003, the PhD in Neurosciences programme at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona obtained an Excellence award from the Ministry of Education and has been renewed every year until now. This award makes it possible for the PhD programmes in Neurosciences can apply for mobility grants for students and lecturers, as well as other advantages in public competitions.

The following institutions collaborate in this PhD programme:

  • Vall d'Hebron University Hospital Research Institute (VHIR)
  • Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Research Institute (IR-Sant Pau)
  • Networked Research Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED)

The PhD in Neuroscience from the UOC is on site and can not be done online.


Candidate profile

The student profile for this programme is that of a student who has taken a UAB master's degree or a similar degree from another university in one of the following: Neurosciences, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine, Advanced Genetics or Biotechnology.

Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Biomedical research in research centres healthcare bodies.
  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.
  • University teaching.

Objectives and justification

The main training objective of the PhD in Neurosciences at the UAB is to offer PhD students the abilities and knowledge necessary to carry out quality research, both basic and applied to diseases of the nervous system. Their incorporation as trainee researchers in some of the existing research groups is therefore encouraged and the programme is open to both national and foreign students. Special emphasis is placed on the necessary knowledge, methods and techniques for quality research and the production of a PhD thesis within a multidisciplinary framework in collaboration with other national and international groups. 


Gemma Guillazo Blanch


Secretary of the Institute of Neurosciences
M Building Campus de Bellaterra, UAB
Phone: 93 581 3861



This PhD programme obtained the prestigious Mention for Excellence of the Ministry of Education for the RD 1393/2007, which enabled the program could be submitted to calls for mobility grants for students and teachers, and that had other advantages in public calls.
Number of places available: 22
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
Catalan, Spanish, English.
Organising universities and institutions:
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
Institut de Neurociències de la UAB
Health Sciences

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