Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 MSc.
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 skills to successfully complete the MSc.
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 MSc).
Yes. See our entry requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You need to be sufficiently proficient in the English language to complete the MSc. The UCL language requirements are explained here.
no financial support is available at the moment. You can find useful
information about graduate funding here.
MSc applicants do not need to enclose a specific project proposal with their application. On
the application form, you need to describe your academic and research interests
and reasons for applying. In addition, we require the completion of a personal
statement. See the how to
apply section for details.
We regret that the programme is only available in full-time mode of study. It normally takes one year to complete the programme.
Interviews are not part of the usual selection process but we may occasionally contact an applicant for further information.
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.
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.
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).
Full-time students take eight taught modules over one year. Four of these run in the first, and four in the second, term. Any examinations will be held during and/or at the end of each term. The rest of the academic year will be spent on the research project. Students should decide on a project during the first term, set up the experiment in the second term, and conduct the research during the third term, in which there is no time-tabled teaching. Students submit their dissertation at the end of the academic year.
The taught modules will be 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.
The programme is not a clinically accredited programme. However, if you plan to go on to a clinical psychology training programme, completing the MSc 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 get experience with fMRI. We will try to organize practical
demonstrations to see neuroimaging equipment in action and you will learn how
to analyze and interpret neuroimaging data. Your research project may also
You will be given an introduction into Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and will receive demonstrations of analyzing neuroimaging data with SPM.
The nature of the projects varies widely. Students will be given a description
of the research interests of lecturers who are willing to supervise projects
and an outline of possible projects. Students are also encouraged to generate
their own ideas and approach lecturers to find a supervisor. Which project you
will do depends on a number of factors, such as your own efforts, the timing of
your project, availability of supervisors and equipment, and so on.
No. We will help you with this process. MSc students will be given a description of the research interests of lecturers who are willing to supervise projects and an outline of possible projects. Students are also encouraged to generate their own ideas and approach lecturers to find a supervisor.
Many students on the programme will go on to pursue PhDs and research careers in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. The programme also provides 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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