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Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cognitive Psychology Neuroscience / Neurobiology

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Course Summary

Cognitive neuroscience examines the biological processes that help us to understand complex mental functions such as memory, language, emotion, perception, attention and consciousness. While psychology focuses on understanding the structure of the mind through behavioural experiments, neuroscience concentrates mainly on cellular and molecular mechanisms of the brain. Modules are assessed through essays, critical analysis, presentations, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project. This MSc will enhance your transferable skills as well as the skills required for careers in a range of industries. A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in neuroimaging, psychology or neuropsychology. Others gain further research experience before undertaking a PhD or training in Clinical Psychology; or find work as Assistant Psychologists and Research Assistants. The Department's Employability Coordinator works closely with the University careers service, which offers our students an additional range of career and recruitment events, skills sessions and one-to-one advice.

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1 year

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Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively new scientific field that has arisen from the marriage of neuroscience, a biomedical field of study that focuses on animal nervous systems and that by any measure has flourished both conceptually and technically during the past century; and cognitive psychology, a discipline rooted in the long-standing interest of natural philosophers and psychologists in understanding human mental processes. The rationale for this union is the perception in both camps that many human brain functions that only a few years ago were considered beyond the reach of neuroscientific methods and theory are in fact amenable to an approach that combines the best of both traditions. This module reviews the major ways cognitive neuroscientists study brain functions, particularly the imaging technologies that have revolutionized our ability to study the living, behaving brain and are responsible for the emergence of cognitive neuroscience as a new field.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or be about to complete, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or a related discipline, achieving a 2:1 or higher.