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Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

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Full time | University of Birmingham | 1 year | 27-SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Diagnostic Imaging Cognitive Psychology Neuroscience / Neurobiology

Course type


Course Summary

Our Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc provides a critical understanding of cognitive neuroscience and specific skills in brain imaging techniques (eg, f/MRI, M/EEG, EEG, brain stimulation and fNIRS). The students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment in the Centre for Human Brain Imaging to conduct

Brain imaging has become central to aspects of all areas of clinical and cognitive neuroscience.

The course will provide fundamental insights into important theories and hands on experience in techniques and analysis methods in cognitive neuroscience. This will be achieved by taught courses as well research projects using the state-of-the-art equipment at the Centre for Human Brain Health. This is a centre dedicated to human brain research housing multiple neuroimaging tools in one building. The programme contains specialised modules on the theory and methods of brain imaging and current advances in cognitive neuroscience linked to these methods taught by experts in the field. An essential part of the course is a practical research project offering the opportunity to apply the newest brain imaging tools. Research projects will be supervised by internationally recognised researchers from the Centre for Human Brain Health and the School of Psychology.

Key features of the course are

  • Experiencing teaching and one-on-one supervision by internationally recognized researchers
  • Learning through small group teaching and hands on experience
  • Specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience, gaining specific skills in neuroimaging and programming
  • Practicing openess and transparency in science
  • Finding out what’s really hot in contemporary Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Learning quantitative and analytic skills that enhance employability

The MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience is an exciting course that offers students the flexibility to develop their analytical and practical skills in cognitive neuroscience, whilst at the same time providing an excellent opportunity to develop the technical, quantitative as well as analytic skills needed to succeed in a wide range of research-related jobs.


A surprising range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. Our students are excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills.

This MSc is also excellent preparation for PhD or other advanced degree positions.


Introduction to Data Science
Introduction to neuroscientific methods
Proposing Research in Psychology
Current and Practical Research
Application of Brain imaging

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have obtained a good Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline and have gained at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in the research dissertation (i.e., experience of planning and conducting research and analysing data). Applicants who do not meet our requirement for a 2(i) in their final-year research project, but who have gained significant research experience in a cognitive neuroscience research lab(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more

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