Want to do Neuroscience Research for your PhD at UC Berkeley?
How to choose the best program for you
Neuroscience PhD Program
The Neuroscience PhD Program offers intensive, interdisciplinary, and integrated training in neuroscience through a combination of research, mentoring, coursework, and professional development. Students have backgrounds across many disciplines, including neuroscience, biology, psychology, physics and computer science. The program trains ~12 students per year in molecular-cellular, circuit-systems, cognitive and computational neuroscience.
Vision Science PhD Program
Research covers a wide range of disciplines that include all aspects of vision, from the cornea to artificial systems. Students have degrees in psychology, biology, engineering, computer science, or optometry. Neuroscience students study visual neural circuits, psychophysics, and computational vision. About 8-10 students join the program each year.
MCB PhD Program
The MCB Ph.D. program focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms inherent to life, integrating research with a modern training curricula, teaching, and career mentorship. Students have backgrounds across many cell, development, structural, chemical and other areas of biology. 30-40 students enter per year. Roughly 1/5 of the MCB faculty are engaged in neuroscience research, with an entire division devoted to Neurobiology.
Biophysics PhD Program
The biophysics PhD program aims to train students in quantitative approaches to studying biological processes. Students have backgrounds in physical sciences or quantitative biology. 8-10 students enter per year. Of 7 research tracks spanning physics and biology, 2 are neuro-related (systems neuroscience, brain imaging, bioelectronics and structural biology).
Psychology PhD Program
The PhD program in Psychology trains scholar-researchers with breadth in the field of psychology and while pursuing in depth independent and directed research. Students come from animal behavior, reproductive biology, and human developmental, clinical, systems neuroscience and computational backgrounds. About 20 students enter the program per year, of whom ~5 focus in either behavioral, systems or cognitive neuroscience.
UCB-UCSF Grad Program in Bioengineering
Neuro-related research covers a wide range of disciplines including molecular, computational, and systems neuroscience. Students have training in basic and applied areas relevant to bioengineering research. The program annually admits about 30-35 students join each year, about 6-8 are on the neuroscience track.