Neurotechnology is the use of insights and tools from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to investigate neural function and treat dysfunction. Brain-related illnesses affect more than two billion people worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Reducing this burden is a major challenge for society. The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is training a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers at the interface of neuroscience and engineering, to address this challenge.

The CDT spans the Faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine at Imperial, with investigators from multiple departments including Bioengineering, Brain Sciences, Chemistry, Computing, Design Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Life Sciences, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, NHLI, Physics, Surgery & Cancer.

Directed by Profs Simon Schultz, Bill Wisden and Paul Matthews, the CDT has welcomed 5 cohorts of students since 2014, researching over 60 projects. Each CDT research project involves a team of supervisors, each of whom bring complementary expertise to the project. In addition to researchers from across Imperial College, the Centre involves industry and charity partners, as well as satellite research groups at the Crick Institute and the University of Oxford.

Although the CDT is not admitting further students to the 4-year programme, we offer a 1-year MRes programme in Neurotechnology, hosted by the Department of Bioengineering.

mind games exhibit

Caption: The "Mind Games" exhibit at Imperial Festival 2018 challenged visitors to play video games using their bodies' electrical signals

building a brain

Caption: Build a Brain - a young visitor to the Imperial Festival 2015 takes the CDT Neurotechnology's brain anatomy challenge

CDT Neurotechnology logo

cohort 2 queens tower trip

Caption: Students from cohort 2 pause for a photo on a trip up Imperial College's Queens Tower

MRes Neurotechnology ethics course

Caption: MRes Neurotechnology students in discussion during the Ethical and Social Implications of Neurotechnology CDT workshop

Imperial Festival playing with brain waves

Caption: A visitor to the Imperial Festival 2016 trying out the CDT Neurotechnology's brainwave-powered computer game

Impeiral Festival 2014 Peter Quicke explaining

Caption: Peter Quicke from cohort 1 explains brain anatomy to visitors to the Imperial Festival 2015