Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £10,130 (FT)
- £24,400 (FT)
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
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).
- Key Skills Module: Generic Research Skills – Statistics
- Key Skills Module: Communication Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience
- Group One:
- Structure and Function of the Brain
- Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Lesion Approaches
- Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: NeuroimagingDesigning 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
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 examinations, essays, practical exercises, reports and the research dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The MRes is a very selective programme that 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 very limited information on specific graduate destinations is currently available.
Top career destinations for this degree
- PhD student, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
"UCL is one of the best neuroscience centres in the world and, more generally, a fantastic university. The university has a global outlook and a focus on equality, with a rich research environment that is integrated with education, and the many opportunities that are created to develop students and staff. "
Luen J. OttenCognitive Neuroscience MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience MRes
Language & Cognition, UCL Psychology & Language Sciences
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
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.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the applicant's degree and degree institution; the quality of the references; the relevant skills and experience; the quality of the personal statement; the suitability of the applicant's career plans.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would therefore like to learn via your personal statement:
- 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