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MScCognitive Neuroscience

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,500.00 per year
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Discover how psychological functions are produced by the brain. Cognitive neuroscience is the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a focus on the neural substrates of mental processes. It is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.

This course provides a thorough grounding in the scientific investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying human behaviour with a particular reference to cognitive processes.

You explore topics including:

- The physiological bases and practical applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques
- The theoretical and biological foundations of cognitive science
- Advanced statistical training
- Cognitive neuropsychology
- Experimental psychology

Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the top 15 in the UK. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are a warm and friendly Department, and we wish to welcome both recent graduates of psychology (or a related subject), and mature students who may wish to upgrade their qualifications, refresh their CV, or return to academic study after a period of time away from education.

Programme structure

Year 1

Research Project (MSc)
Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Numerical Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience
The Social Voice (Advanced) (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (optional)
Critical Literature Review (optional)
Research Management (optional)
Psychology at Work and in the Real World (optional)
Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (optional)
Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (optional)
Special Topics in Perception and Cognition (optional)
Visual Attention: From lab to life (Advanced) (optional)
Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)

Career opportunities

Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

We also have excellent links with the research community; we are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Vilnius time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Vilnius time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States