The course is open to graduates with a good first degree in cognitive science, psychology or other life science, or in any other degree that includes a background in basic neuroscience or psychobiology. Other good degrees will be considered if you can demonstrate necessary experience or knowledge in essential neuroscience. In addition to a fundamental understanding of basic neuroscience, you will also require some research skills, including some experience of experimental design, statistical analysis and report writing. You will need fluent written and spoken English to study at postgraduate level. If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. The University offers pre-sessional Summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
Cognitive neuroscience attempts to solve the mysteries of the mind/brain connection by bringing together evidence from molecular and cellular neuroscience (including psychopharmacology), a wide range of brain imaging techniques (such as MRI, EEG, PET), computational modelling, and cognitive neuropsychology.
This course has been developed with a very specific goal in mind: to provide graduates from the areas of cognitive science, psychology and the life sciences with the theoretical basis and, most importantly, the practical experience to enter into high-level integrated research in cognitive neuroscience.
So on graduating from this degree, you will have advanced specialised skills in one or two areas of cognitive neuroscience, and a well-developed understanding and hands-on experience of the other methodologies, enabling you to fully appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of this field of research.
Data Handling and Research Methods for Applied Psychology
Imaging and Modelling Brain Activity
Physiology and Anatomy of the Brain
Research Project with Portfolio
Specialist Topics for Applied Psychology
Work Experience in a Psychological Setting for MSc Students
This course is particularly suited to pursuing a career in research, preparation for further psychology training (eg clinical psychology) or clinical training (eg radiography), or meeting the requirements for appointment or promotion with certain employers. The course also develops generic higher education and career management skills that would be of use in a wide range of careers.
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