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Educational Neuroscience (MSc)

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | 04-OCT-21

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Offered jointly by Birkbeck and UCL's Institute of Education, our MSc Educational Neuroscience will provide you with experience of both in-depth theory and hands-on research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience. It covers:

the critical appreciation of existing research and research methods, including neuroimaging methods
running a neuroimaging study
the biological basis of learning and development in children and its implications for the classroom
the relation between genes, brain and cognitive development
managing and reporting on an extended research project
subject-specific IT skills.

If you would like to carry out research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience or any area of developmental psychology, education or developmental cognitive neuroscience, either at PhD level or in the private sector, then the MSc will prepare you with a range of appropriate research skills and practical experience.


Graduates go in to careers in psychology, education and policy development. Possible professions include child/youth psychologist or teacher. This degree can also be useful in becoming a special educational needs teacher, learning mentor, or youth worker.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.


This module illustrates how the typical and atypical development of cognitive abilities could be yoked to the processes of brain development. The course will begin with a review of basic brain development during infancy and childhood and neuroimaging methods for use with developmental populations. It will then survey the development of cognitive abilities in a number of target domains across a range of typically and atypically developing populations (eg children with autism, William's syndrome, Down's syndrome, ADHD). The course adopts an information processing approach. In each lesson, you will be asked to reflect on how the abilities in the current lesson could be accounted for in terms of neural development and the development of information processing abilities studied in previous lessons.

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in psychology, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience or related disciplines. Applicants with a good undergraduate or postgraduate degree in education but no previous background in psychology or science will be required to complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology (which covers psychology, neuroscience, and research methods) before applying for the MSc/MA Educational Neuroscience.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more