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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 MSc.

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 skills to successfully complete the MSc.

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 MSc).

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.

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 MSc. 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?

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.

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 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.

How will the programme be assessed?

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.

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 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 I be given the opportunity to play with MRI machines?

You 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 involve fMRI.

Will I learn about SPM?

You will be given an introduction into Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) and will receive demonstrations of analyzing neuroimaging data with SPM.

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

No. 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.

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

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.

Where do most students end up after the programme?

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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