Graduate students are the lifeblood of any academic program. They infuse new perspectives and energy to the lab, and they represent the future of the discipline.

The BRI plays a critical role in graduate neuroscience education at UCLA. The BRI
could not recruit top trainees without a program that gives students a chance to customize their education without the limitations imposed by departmental boundaries. Our Neuroscience Program offers an open structure that dramatically extends students’ options. It is the base of our pyramid of excellence.

The Neuroscience program trains doctoral students in all levels of analysis, from molecular and cellular to whole organs and systems. With this base, they can all “speak the language” of neuroscience and can make informed choices of their areas of specialization. The BRI is essential to the success of this program; no other entity on campus could bring together so many groups and focus them on the larger goal of recruiting and training excellent scientists.

Neuroscience Graduate Programs at UCLA

Students interested in the nervous system have several options for admissions to graduate programs at UCLA. Prospective students are advised to compare the various admissions options to determine which suits their needs best.

    · The Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience offers an integrated curriculum for graduate study in neuroscience at all levels: molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral. This Ph.D. Program differs from other neuroscience-oriented programs in two ways:

It is the only Ph.D. program at UCLA in which a student may join the laboratory of any faculty neuroscientist on campus.

The curriculum of the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program emphasizes integration across all levels of analysis in neuroscience, from molecular/cellular to systems and behavioral.

Neuroengineering Specialty

    · The ACCESS Program offers students the opportunity for studies toward the Ph.D. in various areas of cellular and molecular biology, including neuroscience. Students in this program have the flexibility to train in neuroscience or other areas of molecular and cellular biology, with any faculty in member departments of ACCESS.

    · The Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program
    The MBIDP provides students the opportunity to pursue training in experimental design and laboratory research in molecular biology. As an interdepartmental program, students have access to over 120 faculty from 20 science departments, all Members of the Molecular Biology Institute and available as potential thesis advisors and doctoral committee members. Students in our program benefit greatly from their interactions with faculty and other graduate students across departmental lines.

    · Departmental Ph.D. Programs
    Several departments offer direct admissions to a Ph.D. program involving primarily faculty in that department. These include:

    Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
    Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience Program)

· Interdepartmental Ph.D. Programs. 
Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology

For the Bachelor of Science degree please visit the website for the Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program for Neuroscience


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