NeuroSchool's PhD Program

Join the NeuroSchool PhD program in neurosciences for a successful international career!

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Open to AMU neuroscience doctoral students, this unique training (in English) aims to broaden and improve your knowledge and skills, and your professional network. It also introduces you to the world of business and medicine with practical, clinical and scientific training.

NeuroSchool’s PhD program is offered to doctoral students at Aix-Marseille University who are enrolled in the Life and Health Sciences Doctoral School.

Our program offers additional training tailored to neuroscience students. Through NeuroSchool’s PhD program, PhD students have access to training dedicated to neuroscience and join a smaller and more targeted community. They benefit from a variety of scientific events (basic and specialized courses, monthly tutored seminars, clinical training…), as well as professional, social and networking events in which they can actively participate in and/or organize (NeuroDays, special events).

These events are in constantly evolving and are selected each year to best meet the needs of our PhD students.

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The NeuroSchool PhD program was created through true teamwork. It continues to evolve every day under the impulse of the pedagogical team and the PhD students themselves.

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Goals of the PhD Program

The PhD Program pursues the following goals:

  • training students by and for research,
  • preparing students for the study-to-work transition of neuroscience graduate students into academic, clinical and corporate worlds,
  • broadening students’ scientific culture and developing their critical sense,
  • building a professional network, locally and internationally.
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  • 12 scholarships for international students
  • 5 postdoctoral fellowships
  • 3 doctoral scholarships for MDs
  • 4 scholarships of 6 months for a fourth year of thesis

In the last four years...

...have been granted.

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130 registered students

A pedagogy based on student involvement

At the PhD level, students already work every day in a research laboratory. Our PhD program developed even more robust interactions with researchers through events involving all neuroscience laboratories, such as the monthly tutored seminars or the organisation of the annual NeuroDays, and through common courses crossing all Aix-Marseille University neuroscience subfields. These events and courses allow students to get a wider understanding of neuroscience and to get to know researchers and fellow graduate students better. In order to complete our students’ training in highly-specialized fields, we also offer our PhD students mobility fellowships to attend international summer/winter schools.

A triple training

By enrolling in the NeuroSchool PhD program, students benefit from a triple training: scientific, professional and clinical.

Scientific training

Tutored seminars

Once a month, a renowned scientist is invited by NeuroSchool to give a seminar to our students and discuss a specific topic with them.

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Throughout the course of their PhD, students have to attend these tutored seminars on topics related to basic or clinical research. Students prepare for active and critical listening of the seminar by reading articles related to the presentation. After the seminar, a one-hour private discussion bestween the PhD students and the speaker takes place. 

The objective is to encourage students to speak in public and prompt them to ask questions, even on topics that are far from their research area, thus expanding their general scientific culture.

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Professional training

Specialized courses

Students are coming from different backgrounds and educational systems, and, hence, have quite a heterogeneous knowledge across the different areas of neuroscience and regarding the techniques used. The goal of the basic courses is to standardize their levels.

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In addition, three specific courses are offered each year, as voted by the students, such as "Signal and image processing", "Statistical thinking about data in neuroscience" and "Advanced functional neuronanatomy: an overview of the main brain systems".

To keep up to date, students are invited to subscribe to the PhD program newsletter and to check AMeTICE regularly.

Clinical training

In order to intensify collaboration with clinical units and to introduce PhD students to careers in clinical research, the NeuroSchool PhD program organizes numerous events related to medicine, such as tutored seminars and an annual clinical day organized jointly by clinicians and researchers.

Clinical research opportunities during a PhD

PhD monitoring

In accordance with the Doctoral School, the PhD-program promotes a dynamic and constructive follow-up of the PhD advancement and of the good working conditions,throughout the three years of the PhD.

The AMU Doctoral School of Life and Health Sciences (EDSVS-62) already requires the establishment of an advisory committee and progress monitoring to assess the progress of doctoral students’ research work. For the doctoral program in neuroscience, we recommend that the thesis monitoring be modified as described in the document below (downloadable pdf)

Course validation

The following document summarises the number of hours allocated for each course or event in the PhD programme.

Special events

Each year, the NeuroSchool PhD Program provides students with the opportunity to organize events by themselves for PhD students, the entire scientific community or the general public.




The main event of the year, called "NeuroDays", is organized by a group of about six students every year and consists in two days of conferences based on a neuroscientific subject. 

Every year, students also organize a special event, such as a day dedicated to neuroscience and philosophy, and a meeting with professionals from the non-academic world. We support and guide students in the organization and the communication of these events.

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In addition, the NeuroSchool PhD program organizes, at the beginning of each year, a special day to welcome new students. It gives them the opportunity to learn more about how the program works, and to get to know each other.

Login to AMeTICE

Watch this tutorial (English subtitles available) to learn how to login to AMeTICE and access the latest courses of the doctoral program:

Good student-supervisor relationship

To start a reflection and launch a discussion in your laboratory, you can use the poster on good mentoring that Clémentine Bodin, Caroline Landelle, Anne-Caroline Martel and Irene Sanchez-Brualla presented during the 2017 doctoral days.

Reminder: these tips are not strict rules and must be adapted to each context!

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