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1. Can foreign students apply? Yes, foreign students have been accepted into the programme. They receive the normal stipend, research and travel costs, and the EC component of their fees is paid, but non-European Community citizens have to pay the extra non-EC fees themselves (currently roughly £15,000 per year). Furthermore, all candidates who are selected for the Programme must be interviewed, and we unfortunately have no funds to pay for foreign students to come to interview.

2. I have a lower second degree but I am now doing an MSc. Is this equivalent to an upper second? You can apply, but in the previous year's applications nobody with such a background was successful.

3. I?m doing an undergraduate degree in physics or chemistry or engineering or psychology - can I use the first year to convert to Pain research? Yes.

4. Does my age matter? No.

5. I have another PhD offer, which needs a decision before you decide on your studentships. Ask them to wait (they usually will); if not, contact us.

6. Can I come to visit the programme before the interviews? We only conduct visits for students at the time of the interviews, when shortlisted applicants will meet supervisors and students on the programme and visit labs.

7. I have my own money to fund the fees and living expenses of my PhD. Can I be admitted to the programme? Here are the guidelines for such a situation. Students, other than the 4 funded each year by the Wellcome Trust, may be admitted to the 4 year PhD Programme in Neuroscience, provided the following conditions are met.

a. Students must meet the necessary academic standard. Assessment of this will always involve interview by the 4 year Programme Committee, preferably at the same time as other applicants for the Wellcome-funded places are considered (February each year). If students are not ranked within the top 10 of all the applicants (last year there were 200 applicants), they will not be accepted onto the Programme. Since entry onto the Programme is highly competitive, we recommend that applications are made only from students who have obtained, or are likely to obtain, a 1st or upper 2nd class degree in their undergraduate studies. No funds are available to fly foreign applicants to attend the interview.

b. Students cannot be accepted if their funding ties them to a particular supervisor for the PhD part of the course. Final allocation of students to 3-month-rotation and PhD supervisors will be made by the 4 year Programme Committee in consultation with the student and the supervisor that they wish to work with. Students must do all the coursework that the Programme Committee suggests.

c. The financial obligations of being on the 4 year Programme are as follows. For 4 years, funds are needed to pay: fees (~£3,500/year for European Community citizens); living expenses to the student (the Wellcome Trust currently pay approximately £20,000/year); research expenses (£10,000/year)and costs of travelling to scientific meetings (£400/year). The total needed for the 4 years is thus around £140,500 for an EC student and more for a non-EC student, due to the extra non-EC fees. The research and travel expenses part of this funding will be administered by the 4 year Programme Committee in conjunction with the supervisors that the students are allocated to.