Cognitive Neuroscience MRes


There is increasing international demand for high-quality research training on mental processes in the healthy and diseased human brain. This new MRes brings together some of the world's leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology, offering students an ideal environment to prepare for independent research careers in this fast developing field.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students learn about the relationship between the mind and the brain in patients and healthy individuals, alongside the ideas, methodology, and current state of knowledge in cognitive neuroscience. In addition to specialised, research-oriented training, the programme develops key transferable skills. These include project management, logical thinking, oral and written communication, and independent learning. The MRes has a greater emphasis on the research project than the Cognitive Neuroscience MSc.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) is among the principal research centres in the world in this area and offers an ideal environment to study cognitive neuroscience.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two key skills modules (30 credits), two options (one from Group One and one from Group Two for a total value of 30 credits) and a substantial research project (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Key Skills Module: Generic Research Skills – Statistics
  • Key Skills Module: Theories and Paradigms in Cognitive Neuroscience

Options

  • Group One:
  • Structure and Measurement of the Brain
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Lesion Approaches
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Neuroimaging
    Designing and Analysing fMRI Experiments

  • Group Two:
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Fundamental Processes
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Elaborative and Adaptive Processes
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience III: Translational Research

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an empirical research project in the area of cognitive neuroscience, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–17,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, problem classes, laboratory classes and student presentations. Depending on the chosen taught modules, it includes case demonstrations of neuropsychological patients, hands-on experience with the analysis of neuroimaging data, critical analyses of published scientific papers, and discussion seminars. Assessment is through exams, essays, practical exercises, reports and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Sully Scholarship

For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Awarded for academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

To reward academic merit.

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Applications will close once all places on the programme have been filled. This is likely to be before the general UCL application deadline of 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a background in a relevant scientific discipline, such as psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, biomedical science, philosophy, natural sciences, anatomy, medicine, speech sciences, physiology, cognitive science, or computer science, or for those with at least three years' relevant experience in a medical, neuroimaging, or neuropsychological profession. Candidates for the MRes programme ideally have some previous research experience and should be able to demonstrate that they have the required skills to conduct a large research project.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Cognitive Neuroscience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL
  • which module (s) on the Cognitive Neuroscience programme interest you most and why
  • if you have a particular research project in mind
  • your knowledge and interest in the subject demonstrated by briefly discussing a specific book or article that you have read that aroused your interest in the topic of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • how completion of the Cognitive Neuroscience MRes will help you obtain your short- and long-term career goals
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

The programme develops key research skills in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and serves as a basis for PhD study in an academic setting or a research career in industry or business. The MRes also promotes key skills that prepare students for more general careers in clinical psychology, marketing, teaching, and consultancy. The first cohort of students on the Cognitive Neuroscience MRes graduated in 2013, therefore no information on specific graduate destinations is currently available.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Anna Freud Centre, UCL, Research Assistant, 2011
  • Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, Research Worker, 2011
  • Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Research Assistant, 2011
  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zaeland, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice, 2011
  • UCL, PhD Psychology, 2011

Employability

Students have the opportunity to study and conduct cutting-edge research alongside some of the leading researchers in the field of cognitive Neuroscience. Students will be immersed in this research environment and will learn directly from experts in the field rather than just text books.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Richard Jardine

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4754

W: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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