Why study at Roehampton

  • Apply the latest research ideas in cognition and brain science to current topics such as mental health.
  • Advance your research skillset using cutting-edge equipment such as MRI (brain scanning), EEG, brain stimulation, and computer-based experiments and surveys.
  • Build upon your knowledge to produce a research project that is of journal publication quality.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact.

Psychological Science is the use of scientific methods in in the study of mind and behaviour. The programme is designed to give you a thorough and advanced grounding in a wide variety of current psychological research areas and the research methods that underlie them.

Please note: It is expected that most applicants will have a BSc in Psychology or a closely related degree. 

You will take your knowledge and research to the next level to explore cognition and cognitive neuroscience and how it can be applied to areas like mental health. The programme is designed to help you explore advanced research in many aspects of experimental psychology. You will hone your research skills and scientific knowledge in topics such as neuroimaging, brain stimulation, memory, language and biopsychology.

This course is taught in small groups where you will have the opportunity to present your research in seminars. You will be taught by leading experts in Psychology and be able to take part in current research projects in the department relating to cognitive neuroscience.

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired a broad knowledge and understanding of current research in psychological science with a particular focus on normal cognition, abnormal cognition, cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology. You will also have the ability to interpret a wide range of current primary literature (journal articles) in psychological science and to address the relevant ethical issues and potential societal impact.

Key areas of study include a wide range of topics. You will be able to use experimental and cognitive neuroscientific techniques to both understand psychosis and suggest new treatments. You can have the opportunity to study the links between cognition and emotion, visual attention and the ways in which cognitive biases are involved in mental illness. You may be able to work in the area of understanding the possible underlying causes of autism and the ways in which people live with autism. You could also study depression and its treatment using cross-cultural comparisons, developmental studies and brain imaging. Finally, you could examine the underlying structure of language, how humans make use of it and what happens when language processing is compromised during development.

You will study in cutting-edge research facilities using equipment such as:

  • Neuroimaging such as EEG, ERPs, high-density EEG, structural MRI, functional MRI, MRI spectroscopy, and MR neurofeedback.
  • Brain stimulation such as TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), tDCS, tACS, and tRNS
  • Eye-tracking using static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment.
  • Computer Controlled experiments using software such as SONA (for participant management), ePrime (time-sensitive measures), and Qualtrics (surveys).

Please Note: Modules are all compulsory and take place across the Autumn and Spring terms except for the research project which lasts for the whole academic year:

Career options

The programme will prepare you for further research degrees, research posts or careers in which the interpretation, presentation or teaching of scientific research or data is required.




Number of credits

MSc: 180

Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements




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

Tuition fees

£7,344 (2017; full-time UK/EU)
£408 per ten credits (2017; part-time UK/EU)

£13,520 (2017; full-time International)
£752 per ten credits (2017; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU orInternational finance pages

Further information

Dr Joe Levy
+44 (0) 20 8392 3232

+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Postgraduate open evening

Wednesday 24 May 2017