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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for a 1 plus 3 year studentship?

Masters students are unfortunately not eligible for such studentships. If any studentships exist, they will be awarded to PhD applicants. Students need to put in a separate PhD application to UCL if they wish to be considered for 1 plus 3 Research Council studentships.

My undergraduate degree was not in psychology or neuroscience. Can I still apply?

Yes. In your application, indicate why you are interested in the programme. You also have to demonstrate that you have the ability, knowledge, and skills to complete the MRes.

I do not have a BSc, but a BA. Can I apply?

Yes. However, you should be aware that cognitive neuroscience is an experimental science and without a basic scientific grounding (e.g. statistics, experimental design) you are likely to be at a disadvantage. You will need to be able to demonstrate competence in these areas (e.g. by taking a top-up course) and a clear commitment to the subject (e.g. to have already undertaken wide reading). You need to have the ability, knowledge and research skills to successfully complete the MRes.

I have worked professionally for the past years. Can I still apply?

Yes. It is possible to enter with a professional qualification that is equivalent to an upper second-class undergraduate degree (e.g. three years relevant experience in a medical, neuroimaging, or neuropsychological profession, with the ability to demonstrate the ability, knowledge and skills to successfully complete the MRes).

I am not from the UK or the EU. Can I apply?

Yes. See our entry requirements.

I did my undergraduate degree overseas. How do my grades compare?

You can find information about this here.

I am in the final year of my undergraduate programme and do not yet have all my results. Can I still apply?

Yes. Any offer we make will be conditional on a good outcome of your undergraduate degree.

Can you look over my application before I submit it?

We regret that we are unable to comment on, or pre-evaluate, your application before you submit it. However, feel free to contact us if you have general queries about the application process or entry requirements.

You are also welcome to contact potential supervisors before you apply to discuss potential research projects.

What are my chances of being accepted?

This is difficult to say, as it depends on the quality of your application, those of other applicants, and availability of places. Acceptance on the programme is competitive, but we strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested in the programme.

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

We will notify you as soon as possible. Please contact us if you need to hear the outcome of your application by a specific date.

How well do I have to speak and understand English?

You need to be sufficiently proficient in the English language to complete the MRes. The UCL language requirements are explained here.

Can you help with the fees for the programme?

Unfortunately, no financial support is available at the moment. You can find useful information about graduate funding here.

Do I need to include a research proposal with my application?

MRes applicants need to enclose a brief project proposal with their application and name up to five potential UCL supervisors. There are specific requirements for the personal statement. See the how to apply section for details.

Can I follow the programme as a part-time student?

We regret that the programme is only available in full-time mode of study. It normally takes one year to complete the programme.

Do you hold interviews to select applicants?

Interviews are not part of the usual selection process but we may occasionally contact an applicant for further information.

Can people with a disability complete the programme?

The programme is generally suitable for students with disabilities. Some of the teaching will be done in laboratories that contain neuroimaging equipment (e.g. MRI scanner, EEG/MEG recording facilities). Depending on the nature of the disability, access to this equipment may not be possible due to space constraints, presence of strong magnetic fields, or the location of the laboratories. Every effort will be made to enable access and reasonable adjustments will be made if possible. If you are interested in the programme, feel free to contact us or the UCL Student Disability Services.

Where and when is the programme taught?

The programme is taught in central London, at UCL. Most of the teaching takes place at the ICN. The taught modules will be taught during UCL term times. Some of the work, especially the research project, will have to be completed outside of term times.

Do I need to reside in London to complete the programme?

The taught modules and research project are mandatory. The taught modules take place during regular term times in central London,at UCL. In addition, you will need to be able to spend considerable time in London to meet with the supervisor of your research project and fulfil other aspects of the project (e.g. data collection).

Can you give me a rough timetable for the programme for full-time students?

Full-time students take four taught modules over one year. These will run in the first, and/or second term.  It will depend on the optional modules that you select. Any examinations will be held during and/or at the end of each term. MRes students will spend the whole academic year on the research project. There is no time-tabled teaching in the third term. Students submit their dissertation at the end of the academic year.

How will the programme be assessed?

The taught modules are assessed with a combination of written reports, essays, and an unseen written exam. See the overview of the taught modules for details. The project will be assessed with a written dissertation. Informally, you will be given the opportunity to develop your presentation and other general skills.

Will the programme prepare me to work with patients in a hospital or for a career in counselling?

The programme is not a clinically accredited programme. However, if you plan to go on to a clinical psychology training programme, completing the MRes may help your application as you will be able to demonstrate that you can engage in scientific research. You can also endeavour to find a clinically-oriented research project.

Will I be given the opportunity to play with MRI machines?

This depends on the nature of your research project and the optional modules that you select.

You will get some experience with fMRI if you select either the Neuroimaging or the Designing and Analysing and fMRI Experiment modules.

Will I learn about SPM?

This depends on the optional modules that you select.

The Neuroimaging module will be give an introduction into Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and will provide demonstrations of analyzing neuroimaging data with SPM.

Can you guarantee that I will get a research project in a particular area?

No.  I am afraid that we cannot guanrantee that a specific project or supervisor will be available.   If you wish to work with a particular supervisor or have a specific project in mind, it is reccommmended that you contact the potential supervisor directly, in advance of starting the programme to see if it is possible.   Alternatively, MRes students can choose from a list of available projects at the start of the first term.

Do I need to arrange a research project and supervisor before starting the MRes?

It is up to you. MRes students can contact potential supervisors about a research project prior to starting the programme if they wish.  However, it is also possible to select a project from a list at the start of the first term.  Projects on the list cannot be guaranteed, so if you want to work with a specific supervisor or on a particular project it is probably best to try and arrange this in advance.

Where do most students end up after the programme?

The MRes programme is fairly new and we don't have much data on this at the moment.   We expect that it will be similar to the students who graduate from the MSc programme.

Many of the students on the MSc programme will go on to pursue PhDs and research careers in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology.

Both programmes also provide a basis for the application of this research in applied settings in a range of areas including marketing, teaching, and consultancy. Other students have been successful in obtaining Assistant Psychologist positions, with a view to gaining entry onto a clinical training programme.

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