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MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

MSc Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cognitive Psychology Neuroscience / Neurobiology

Course type


Course Summary

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience explores how the mind changes as children grow up, examining the environmental and biological influences on the developing brain.

You'll be provided with perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience and developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as hands-on training in brain imaging methods. You'll explore topical issues such as neural bases of perceiving, acting in the physical and social world and neuroeducation.

Course content

This course is made up of 180 credits, consisting of taught modules and a substantial independent research project.

Your empirical research project enables you to participate in the design and implementation of a theoretically-motivated piece of pure or applied research in cognitive neuroscience, providing hands-on training in advanced brain imaging methods, some of which are being developed at York.

Careers and skills

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The course as a whole is an advanced 'refresher' course. It assumes a basic knowledge of statistics and experimental design, but starts from first principles. In this sense no common background is assumed. By the end of the course, you will be proficient in the more common univariate statistical techniques used in experimental psychology, and for those techniques that we are unable to cover in detail, you will develop the confidence to find out about them through reading those parts of the Andy Field's book "Discovering Statistics Using SPSS" which won't be covered on the course.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or a related discipline.