Postgraduate Education Programme

Important: please discuss your education and training needs with your supervisor and read the Graduate School of Life Sciences’ guide about the Core Skills Training Programme

A seminar programme for first-year postgraduate students has been jointly established by the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. This consists of a weekly series of theoretical seminars presented by senior researchers. Please ensure that you make a note of all the seminars and training programmes you attend in your Researcher Development Logbook which you will need to present at your 1st year viva (PhD Students).  MPhil students are encouraged to follow the same process.

These seminars will be held via Zoom at 3pm.  Zoom links have been emailed to you.

20-Oct Deborah Talmi Emotion and Memory
03-Nov Mike Anderson Mechanisms of Forgetting
17-Nov Matt Lambon Ralph Using a convergence of clinical and cognitive neuroscience methods: The case study of semantic cognition
01-Dec Rebecca Lawson Computational Psychiatry of Autism
02-Feb Ben Parry Clinical presentation of psychiatric disorders 
16-Feb Peter Jones Psychiatric classification and life course epidemiology of schizophrenia and other mental disorders
02-Mar John Duncan Intelligence and the frontal lobes
16-Mar Tristan Bekinschtein Consciousness

We advise that you attend as many seminars and lectures as you see relevant however, the two Psychiatry seminars in bold above and the following three are compulsory.  We also advise that by the end of your 2nd year you should have attended at least 10 seminars in total, from the lists above and below:

  • Friday 12th March 2021, 2pm, Dr Annabel Price – Electronic record systems in research
  • Wednesday 10th March 2021, 11am, Dr Louise Lafortune –  Dementia from a public health perspective: Risk factors, interventions and policy
  • Friday 21st May 2021, 3pm Dr Golam Khandaker – Immunopsychiatry

*Dates, times and zoom links will be emailed to you.


We also highly recommend that you attend the following course:

Conducting Robust Behavioural Science

By logging into the site with their raven login you will access the more detailed syllabus and the recorded videos that will be added every odd week.