PhD program: a general view

The “Instituto de Neurociencias”, is a Joint enterprise of the Universidad Miguel Hernandez (UMH) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC). The Institute is organized in three departments: Developmental Neurobiology; Molecular Neurobiology and Cellular and Systems Neurobiology. Each department develops a range of research lines.

In 2014 the Instituto de Neurociencias was distinguished by an international board in the framework of the Severo Ochoa Excellence Program. The distinction recognizes the Instituto de Neurociencias as the most relevant brain research institute in Spain.

The postgraduate training program integrates a theoretical and practical approach to the diverse methodologies used to study the nervous system. The program is designed to stimulate the initiative and abilities of the students, helping to orient the development of their scientific careers. The PhD program in Neurosciences has been always a vehicle for the internationalization of the Institute in which a mean of 30% of the students come from abroad.

3 years (+2) from the registration of the student to the thesis deposit.

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Admission requirements

The PhD in Neuroscience welcomes graduates in biology, biochemistry, medicine, psychology, biotechnology, veterinary medicine, as well as students from non-biology fields (like physics, maths and computer science) interested in neuroscience.
Students with a degree within the European Higher Education Area with a minimum of 300 ECTS are eligible. Typically students have 60 ECTS Master Degree, preferably in Neuroscience. The university degree should qualify for the start of a PhD thesis in the student’s home country. Non-European university degrees should be equivalent to a European MSc. According to the current law, students require a total of 300 ECTS credits to be admitted. It is also necessary to have a letter from the thesis supervisor accepting the direction of the thesis.

All the admission procedure is done through the Doctorate studies web page of the University Miguel Hernandez

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Guidelines for foreign researchers at the Instituto de Neurociencias:

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Master and PhD program



Staff and contact telephone numbers for administrative procedures:

  • Antonio Guerrero Sotoca: 96 665 8598
  • Mª Isabel Bernad Sánchez: 96 665 8635
  • Paloma García Sánchez: 96 665 8456
  • Elena Pérez Fernández: 96 665 8840
  • Remedios Naharro Marcos: 96 522 2184
  • Covadonga Sempere Lafuente: 96 522 2124
  • Yolanda Alonso Martínez: 96 522 2692
Formation activities and justification

Training activities-justification

Once the students are formally accepted in the program, through a personal on-line application they have to detail all their research activities in the program with dates and places. Every item has to be validated by the PhD supervisor.


  • Research Activities and Funding (60 hours) .
    6 ECTS credits. Offered by the UMH each semester.
    Schedule: Fall semester of the first year. Evaluation system: Objective evaluation.
    Students coming from a master with scientific background that includes a research project do not have to do this course.
  • Research seminars at the Institute of Neuroscience (40 hours).
    One weekly seminar throughout the academic year: View IN seminars
  • Presentation and discussion of the thesis project.
    At the end of the second semester of their first year, students publicly present their thesis project. The aim is to discuss its coherence and suggest improvements. The presentation and discussion are conducted in English. Duration: 30 minutes in a single session of seminars. Alternatively, the students can present their project in a Department/Unit seminar with the same format.
    Evaluation system: Evaluation of the presentation and incorporation of improvements.
  • Participation in Institutional Scientific Activities.
    Conferences, seminars and symposia involving PhD students are carried out as part of the scientific activities of the Institute. This type of activity is variable in its frequency and content, but every year there is a Christmas Meeting (December) and a scientific Progress Report (June) by members of the Institute.
  • Unit Seminars (40 hours)
    Detail and planning of the same: Each of the three research units of the INA organizes seminars every two weeks in which a component of a group -generally doctoral students in the final stages and postdoctoral researchers- presents experimental results in the development phase. The objective is to discuss the results from a conceptual and methodological point of view and to suggest improvements. The presentation and discussion is done in English. Duration: 30 minutes, seminar session Assessment system: Presentation of own results. In the case of part-time Doctoral Students, the time sequence of the training activities will be adapted to their needs without undermining their performance.
  • Group Seminars (50 hours)

    Detail and planning of the same: Most research groups organize seminars in which the progress of the experiments is discussed and the latest publications in the field are analyzed. This type of meeting is designed -among other reasons- to allow doctoral students to acquire discussion and communication skills. The frequency is usually weekly and the presentation and discussion is done in English. Temporary planning: A weekly seminar during the academic year Assessment system. Presentation of own results. In the case of part-time Doctoral Students, the time sequence of the training activities will be adapted to their needs without undermining their performance.

  • Participation in national and international conferences.

    PhD students generally attends two neuroscience conferences. Due to the annual alternation of the FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) and SENC (Spanish Society for Neuroscience) conferences, they generally complete their PhD program with communications (usually in the form of a poster) at national and international meetings. Furthermore, students have the opportunity of resubmit their posters for the poster session that takes place at the Christmas Meeting organized by the Institute.

  • Participation in neuroscience courses.
    Organized by the Spanish society of Neurosciences or international societies (FENS, IBRO, Society for Neuroscience). It is expected that students attend 1-2 courses during their training.
  • Stays in external laboratories both in Spain and aboard. It is expected that students spend at least 3 months in an external laboratory.
  • Participation in dissemination activities (10 hours)
    The Brain Awareness Week is one of the activities the IN organizes to expose neuroscience to the public. There are several open-door sessions in which scientists of all levels explains the type of research going on at the Institute. These activities, which also include street exhibitions, have a significant commitment from PhD students.
  • Progress Evaluation.
    Each year, the academic Commission of the PhD program will evaluate the Research Plan and the document of activities together with the reports that for this purpose must send the Thesis Director. Positive evaluation will be required to continue in the program. The students must register every academic year (including the year when the thesis is deposited) in order to confirm their status.
Application for financial aid for training activities

Application to attend scientific activities in the context of the PhD program.

For the reimbursement of the aid, up to 400 euros, the following documentation must be presented:

  • Certificate of attendance at the congress.
  • Invoice issued with the following information:


-Prog.Doctorado en Neurociencias.

Avda. Santiago Ramón y Cajal s/n
03350 Sant Joan d’Alacant

VAT/CIF: ES-Q5350015C

  • Proof of payment.
  • Personal information:

Name and surname.

Full address.

Bank details to reimburse.

  • Application approved by the CAPD (Word document)
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Service Commission Authorization

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Instrucciones para cumplimentar el documento:

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Results of the program

At the end of the program, the competences that the student’s should acquire are:

Basic competencies

  • Systematic understanding of a field of study and command of research skills and methods related to this field.
  • Ability to conceive, design, or create, put into practice, and adopts a substantial research or creative process.
  • Ability to contribute to broadening the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • Ability to make a critical and evaluative analysis and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their corresponding areas of knowledge through the usual means and languages used in the international scientific community.
  • Ability to promote scientific, technological, social, artistic, or cultural advances in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

Personal abilities and skills

  • Operate effectively within contexts where there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions that need to be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop, and undertake novel and innovating projects in the field of knowledge.
  • Work in an international and multi-disciplinary context on a team as well as independently.
  • Integrate different areas of knowledge, cope with complexity, and formulate opinions with limited information.
  • Intellectual criticism and defense of solutions

Quality accreditation of the program:
The criteria of quality for the Thesis are to present a “European thesis” format, in which the student accredited a minimum of 3 months stay in a laboratory outside of Spain. Also the thesis can be presented by articles. In this case the requirement is a published (or formally accepted) article in the first quartile in which the student is first author. The same article cannot be used to endorse two theses, even if the first authorship is shared.
The PhD program in Neurosciences has renewed every year the award of Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

New Phd students

Welcome “Comisión de Estudios de Doctorado”

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 Welcome “Comisión Académica de Doctorado”

Course 2023-2024

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Presentation and informative videos:

  • Presentación bienvenida.
  • Acceso a la aplicación de seguimiento de doctorado.
  • Plan de investigación, documentos de actividades e información de la tesis.
  • Control de permanencia: solicitud de cambio de dedicación, prórrogas, ausencias y bajas.

Guidelines for foreign researchers at the Instituto de Neurociencias:

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Get your digital signature:

More information at UMH Web

Monitoring of PhD studies. User manual

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Scholarship and Contract Management

-Administrative support contracts and scholarships-

Contracts or scholarships managed through the UMH:

Contact the OTRI (Technology Transfer Office)

Ana Rodriguez Doural (

Contracts or scholarships managed through the CSIC:

Contact Human Resources of the Institute of Neurosciences

Maria José Soria (



Tel. 965 91 9229



Tel. 965 91 9486

Email of the Neuroscience PhD Program:

CAPD -Comisión Académica del Programa de Doctorado-
Ángel Barco
Ana Carmena
Javier Morante
Francisco Navarrete
Ramón Reig
Cruz Morenilla
Elvira de la Peña
  • International relations IN:

Bibian García García /

  • PhD Student delegates:

Manuela De Las Casas Felgueroso /
Eduardo Fernández Ortuño /

  • International host collaborators / volunteers:

Alicia Alonso Andrés /
Bárbara Corral Sánchez /
Ernesto Sáez Carrión /

Rules for Studies and Procedures

PhD Studies regulations Universidad Miguel Hernández

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Modification to the PhD Studies regulations UMH – Boletín Oficial UMH 9 jun 2022

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Official documentation of the degree – Verification memory

More information: Doctoral Program in Neuroscience

Royal Decree governing doctoral studies 99/2011

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Modification July 18, 2023 of Royal Decree 99/2011

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Manual de seguimiento de doctorado

En el siguiente enlace se pueden descargar guías, enfocadas tanto a directores como a doctorandos, en las que se explica detalladamente el funcionamiento del acceso web de la UMH relativo a la función de  «seguimiento de doctorados». Son guías útiles para poder sacar todo el provecho que tiene esta aplicación y os animamos a que las reviséis.

Cuando se tenga que subir algún documento es recomendable utilizar nombres sencillos sin símbolos, ni “ñ”, ni tildes ni guiones.

Manuales UMH  de usuario: director y doctorando

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Preparation and process for the presentation of the thesis:

Enter the virtual campus with your identified access to follow the entire process of the thesis. More information at:

After thesis:

Extraordinary PhD Award – UMH

Each academic year, the UMH convenes the submission of applications to opt for the Extraordinary Doctorate Award of the previous academic year. This call will be published on the bulletin board:

You can consult the bases of the call for the previous academic year by searching this bulletin board.

Rectoral Resolution by which the granting of extraordinary PhD prizes of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche are published:

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Academic course 2019-2020
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Academic course 2020-2021
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Academic course 2021-2022


Concesión de los premios a tesis doctorales relevantes del CSIC: 

Since last year (2022), the CSIC convenes the Relevant PhD Thesis awards of the previous academic course. In addition to promoting an excellence PhD, the CSIC wants to recognize the work of the researchers with talent, helping them to advance in their professional career. The doctoral theses defended at the IN will be submitted within the global area of Life.

Resolución de 31 de enero de 2023 del Departamento de Postgrado y Especialización de la Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas M.P. (CSIC), por la que se publica la concesión de los premios a tesis doctorales relevantes del CSIC.
*Premio a la tesis doctoral de María Sáez García del Instituto de Neurociencias.

Resolución tesis relevantes CSIC

Note: click on the arrows above the image to navigate between the thesis.

Thesis gallery 2024

Thesis gallery 2023

Thesis gallery 2022

Thesis gallery 2021

tesis SaezGarcia
tesis VelascoAviles
tesis GonzalezIglesias
tesis GarciaAsencio
tesis MurilloBartolome
tesis GarciaLopez
tesis ValinoPerez
tesis Gasparyan
tesis SaurabhGupta
tesis Eed
tesis HerreroNavarro
tesis NavarronIzquierdo
tesis RoblesPico

Thesis gallery 2020

tesis BoixRodriguez
tesis OrdasFernandez
tesis QuirceVazquez
tesis SantiagoNegueruela
tesis AidaGinerDeGracia
tesis AidaMarcotti
tesis AnaVillalba
tesis GersBarlag
tesis MucaGerald

Thesis gallery 2019

tesis Lipinski
tesis AntonBolanyos
tesis AracilMarco
tesis Arcas
tesis Arora
tesis FernandezAlbert
tesis LlinaresBenadero
tesis LopezMadrona
tesis MerinoSuarez
tesis PolRamon
tesis ValbuenaAlvarez

Thesis gallery 2018

tesis GimenezMolina
tesis JuarezCarrenyo
tesis MorenoJuan
tesis Scandaglia
tesis SogorbEsteve
tesis ViudezMartinez
tesis AbarcaOlivas
tesis CaramesTejedor
tesis FernandezMartinez

Thesis gallery 2017

tesis AndreoLillo
tesis ValeriaPecoraro
tesis MirjaNurunnabi
tesis HinojosaGarcia
tesis GeraudChauvin
tesis FernandezGarcia
tesis Favuzzi
tesis DominguezSala
tesis Coskun

Thesis gallery 2016

tesis Pitas
tesis RivesQuinto
tesis SempereFerrandez
tesis RuizReig
tesis Bartolini
tesis CardenasCastello
tesis DelRioPons
tesis Florez
tesis GomisPont
tesis MurilloRodriguez

Thesis gallery 2015

tesis AlvarezSalvado
tesis CairesMugarra
tesis CorcolesCorcoles
tesis FernandezPena
tesis Ferrati
tesis Fiorenza
tesis Guiretti
tesis GutierrezPerez
tesis MartinezMartinez
tesis Mizerska
tesis MorenoBravo
International PhD students in the IN

23,6% (Total number of PhD students 2022-2023: 110)


Degiorgi, Sofia


Pattarone Romero, Gisela


Bortolozzo, Helena


Song Kuisong


Sierra Díaz, Paula Andrea


Moustafa Mahmoud Amin, Salma


Selim, Mohamed Kotb Mohamed


Giasafaki, Chrysoula


Morou, Sofia


Illescas Brol, Lucia Isabel


Chatterjee, Moumita


Laxmeesha, Mahima


Narwade, Nitin


Patel Patel, Nikiben


Santiago, Doris


Vasudevan, Sanjay


Costantino, Angelita


Dori, Francesco


Gachomba, Michael Joe Munyua


Nappi, Chiara


Negri, Enrico


Santoro, Roberto


Staffa, Alice


Oudaha, Khalid


Hernández Rojas, Rubí


Lennol, Matthew Paul


  • EMBO “Scientific Exchange Grants”
  • FENS/IBRO-PERC Fellowships
  • NENS Courses
  • GENERALITAT VALENCIANA: Programa I+D+i (Grants for PhD students for stays in research centers outside the Comunitat Valenciana)
  • Grants for the promotion of training activities abroad:

    During the academic year 2022-2023, all doctoral students who intend to carry out a training activity abroad may apply for a grant to carry out this activity (stays in international research centres, congresses, courses, workshops, etc.).
    Amount: 500 euros.
    This grant is compatible with the general grant of 400 euros for training activities, therefore, both grants can be applied for simultaneously and therefore add up to the same amount as long as the activity to be carried out is abroad.
    In the event that the activity has already been carried out, they will only be eligible for funding if the invoices are dated on or after 25 November 2022. Invoices prior to 25 November cannot be paid with this aid.

    In order to apply, the following steps must be followed:

    1. The student must apply to the CAPD using the attached form. It must be signed by him/her, his/her thesis supervisor and the programme coordinator.

    2. The expenses that can be charged to the programme are: Registration to a congress, registration to courses, travel expenses (train ticket; plane ticket, hotel…). Any other concept, please consult beforehand or
    Under no circumstances can tuition fees for the doctoral programme be paid.

    3. Documentation to be submitted by the applicant:

    – Authorised application form (<click> here to download the application form) pdf svgrepo com
    – Invoices issued as follows:
    Miguel Hernández University of Elche
    Doctoral Programme in Neurosciences
    CIF: Q5350015C
    Avda. Ramón y Cajal s/n
    03550 Sant Joan de Alacant
    Alicante , Spain

    – Proof of payment: VISA charge statement, bank account statement, where it can be seen that you are the account holder and the payment is reflected.
    – UMH model service commission (<click> here to download commission) pdf svgrepo com
    – Fiscal data (Name and surname, DNI, address, city, CP,  bank details – IBAN), in case the interested party needs to be registered in the UMH management programme.
    – Certificate of attendance for courses and congresses (essential).

The experiences

Have you been in a lab abroad? Where did you go? For how long? What finance did you get for that?

Share your experience with us!

Laura Frutos Rincón
Boston / Paris

“Both stays gave me a lot on a professional and personal level”

During my PhD I have completed two stays abroad of a completely different, but equally enriching, nature.

The first one, in 2019, was at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, under the supervision of Dr. Pedram Hamrah. This one-month stay was part of a collaboration between the two laboratories, and during it, I set up the electrophysiology set-up that I use in my experiments in Spain there and trained the lab staff in its use.

In addition, the following year I spent three months at the Institut de la Vision in Paris, under the supervision of Dr. Annabelle Réaux-Le Goazigo, funded by a Generalitat Valenciana mobilty grant (“Subvenciones para estancias predoctorales fuera de la Comunitat Valenciana, BEFPI 2020). During this stay, I learned different techniques and carried out numerous experiments directly related to the topic of my doctoral thesis.

Both stays gave me a lot on a professional and personal level. Getting to know other laboratories, other techniques, different ways of working… is a fundamental process in professional growth. On the other hand, being away from your country makes you much more autonomous and resolute, as well as allowing you to get to know other cultures and ways of life, which is a turning point on a personal level.

Michael Joe Munyua Gachomba
Marseille, France

“The institute provides a very good scientific environment, with a vibrant community of researchers”

The doctoral fellowship INPhINIT, awarded each year by laCaixa foundation through a competitive call, counts with a fixed budget per year to be used for visits, courses, and congresses. Thanks to that, I spent three months at the Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT, Marseille, France), joining a collaborative project between two labs. There, I learned to model and analyze stop-signal reaction times collected from a previous experiment combining fMRI and with a motor inhibition task. I also taught basic Python programming to an undergraduate, while she helped me to acquire coding skills in R. The institute provides a very good scientific environment, with a vibrant community of researchers who organize scientific and social activities on a regular basis.

Mohamed Kotb Selim

“The experience was enriching in all aspects”

From September to December 2021, I joined the group of Prof. Philippe de Timary, a full clinical professor at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS), The Catholic University of Louvain and Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc (UCLouvain), Brussels, Belgium.

I was involved in the data acquisition and analysis of brain scans obtained from alcoholic patients, who were admitted to clinics for rehabilitation. The goal was to study the early brain adaptations after the 3 weeks of treatment course, combining volumetric and diffusion MRI with patients inflammatory profiles, in conjunction with the clinical and psychiatric measures before and after treatment, including depression and craving scores, this work is being prepared for publication.

The experience was enriching in all aspects, I learned new techniques and expanded my knowledge with the clinical work, something I was lacking due to the preclinical nature of my PhD project. Also, Brussels is a very nice and large city, as the capital of the European Union it is very vibrant, I enjoyed the city vibes and food, especially the legendary waffles. I really miss the cold breezes of Brussels.

Lastly, thanks to the International Mobility Grant offered by Universidad Miguel Hernandez (UMH) that covered most of my research stay expenses.

Academic Calendar year 2023-2024

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PhD students academic year 2022-2023
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