Official doctoral program in neuroscience and clinical psychology


Program Description



This PhD Program aims to train researchers in the areas of basic and applied Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, emphasizing interdisciplinarity. With this perspective, the program includes researchers attached to different areas of knowledge in the fields of Neurobiology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Health and Psychiatry. It is an interuniversity program, organized jointly by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela (which coordinates it), A Coruña and Vigo.

Why study the degree

The study of the nervous system in general, and of the human brain in particular, is one of the priority research areas around the world. One of the major challenges of this research is to discover the mysteries of the brain, from the molecular functioning to the mechanisms that sustain processes such as memory, intelligence or conscious action and their interaction with the environment. The progress in the knowledge of the nervous system will allow to combat the diseases that affect it and to improve the quality of life. From a more clinical perspective, this program integrates lines that deal with the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental disorders, approaching them from a biopsychosocial perspective.

This Program is part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS), a structure created within the framework of the FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) to provide information on postgraduate training in the field of Neuroscience and promote collaboration Between European curricula.

What is learned

It is intended to provide technical training and specific knowledge for research in these areas and to facilitate a framework of interrelation between doctoral students and PhD students linked to them. It aims to foster an integrating scientific space of a multidisciplinary nature, which addresses the study of the brain from the morphological, structural, functional, computational and developmental point of view, as well as their reciprocal relationship with psychosocial variables. All this in order to understand the human behavior and to facilitate preventive and therapeutic strategies for the main neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders.

Lines of investigation

The program is made up of seven major lines of research, which are listed below. For each one of them, the information about the researchers who are part of them and the sub-lines or topics that make them can be accessed, within the framework of which the thesis projects are developed.

  • Neurobiology. Structure, evolution, development and regeneration of the nervous system.
  • Pharmacogenomics in Neuroscience
  • Neurophysiology.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Clinical Psychology and Health and Psychiatry.
  • Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and dopaminergic neuroprotection in Parkinson's disease and new therapeutic strategies.
  • PET and SPECT studies in Neurology. Fusion of morphological and functional images.

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.

Formative Activities of the Program

Under RD 99/2011, doctoral programs can establish transversal and specific training activities within the scope of the program. This program establishes the following: Mandatory:

  • Collection of information and bibliographic review, duration: 50 h, period of completion: in the 1st course.
  • Participation in congresses and scientific conferences, duration: 20 h, period of realization: throughout the 3 courses.

On an optional basis, there are 2 activities out of the 3 following ones, during the 3 courses (preferably in the 2 first ones):

  • Methodological and technical training, duration: 20 hours.
  • Training in communication, dissemination and dissemination of scientific information, duration: 20 h.
  • Training in research management, duration: 20 h.


  • Mobility (stay), duration: 160 h (1 month) Throughout the 3 courses.

Professional and academic outputs

The specific professional output of doctorates is the research career, in universities and research centers, which is the only thing required for this title.

Recommended profile

They give direct access to the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology the following masters:

  • Interuniversity Master in Neuroscience by the Universities of Santiago, A Coruña and Vigo.
  • Master's Degree in Research in Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology by USC.
  • Master's Degree in General Sanitary Psychology by the USC.

They will also be able to access degrees in other university masters in Neuroscience, in Clinical and Health Psychology, in Psychiatry or others in the biomedical field, as well as people who have two years of positive evaluation of specialized health training in areas related to the master's degree (Psychology -PIR -, Psychiatry, Neurology-MIR-, ...).

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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