Applied Cognitive Neuroscience

Postgraduate School of Psychology

Gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art research facilities on this highly practical Master’s, and understand the relationship between complex cognitive functions and their underlying brain mechanisms.

Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
Duration

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

MSc: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

MSc

Modules

These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.

Skills

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You'll explore the structure and function of the brain, examine the cognitive neuroscience of health and disease and how it relates to cognitive function, and learn the latest research techniques and methodologies. This includes:

  • Hands-on research experience using cutting-edge tools like MRI, EEG, eye-tracking, brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), and cognitive testing.
  • Research methods and statistics, and through your dissertation complete an original research project to excel in the evolving field of cognitive neuroscience.
  • Communication skills for post-graduation success, including manuscript construction and effective presentations.

You'll graduate with an understanding of complex cognitive functions and their brain mechanisms in patients and healthy individuals, and the professional skills to excel in your career. 

You’ll study a diverse range of topics and graduate with an advanced understanding of cognitive neuroscience. This includes:

  • The structure and function of the brain and how to interpret research findings from neuroimaging and brain damage studies.
  • The neural mechanisms of healthy brain functioning, decision-making, emotion, attention, memory and visual processing, as well as gaps in our current knowledge in these areas.
  • How abnormal brain functioning can contribute to psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and drug use and addiction, as well as how cognitive neuroscience techniques can contribute to their treatment.

How you'll learn

The programme is delivered through taught lectures, methods workshops, seminars, discussion forums and online lectures, and is designed to give you the maximum flexibility to fit the programme around your other commitments.

You will also spend a lot of your studies in our advanced research facilities. This includes Four dedicated Electroencephalogram (EEG) suites, access to a 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners, Repetitive Trans Cranial Magnetic Stimulator (rTMS), static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment and advanced computer software.

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Career options

There are several career pathways this MSc can lead to.

The solid understanding of applied cognitive neuroscience principles and techniques, and the experience in research, will equip you with the skills and knowledge for a career in cognitive neuroscience research, whether in academia or industry.

You'll be equiped to succeed in a wide range of graduate careers, particularly those which require experience in data analysis, scientific and non-scientific communication skills, and skills in writing/publications, including finance, business, medicine, marketing and more.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£11,025 £17,325

Specific Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to hold a second class honours degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Life Sciences, Information Technology or a related subject.

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Course Facilities

Image -   Specialist psychological research facilities      
  Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis.   

Specialist psychological research facilities  

Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis. 

Image -  Manresa Hall in Whitelands College    
  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

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Our Alumni

Our Research

For an overview of the research carried out by psychology academics within the School of Psychology, please visit the departmental research pages.

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