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Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

The Cognitive Neuroscience MSc at UCL is a research-led, state-of-the-art degree programme on mental processes in the human brain. The programme brings together some of the world's leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015
Applications will close once all places on the programme have been filled.

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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. They receive case demonstrations of brain-damaged patients, insights into transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation, and experience with functional neuroimaging techniques.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Fundamental Processes
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Elaborative and Adaptive Processes
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Lesion Approaches
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Neuroimaging
  • Research Methods (Statistics)
  • Structure and Measurement of the Brain
  • Theories and Paradigms in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience III: Translational Research

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an empirical research project in the area of cognitive neuroscience, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminar presentations, laboratory-based methods and statistics classes and departmental seminars, and is taught by experts in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. Assessment is through written reports, essays, unseen written examinations and the research dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Research Assistant, 2011,
  • Irish Heart Foundation, Clinical Research Assistant, 2011,
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, Assistant Psychologist, 2011,
  • University of California, Research Assistant, 2011,
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Assistant Psychologist, 2010,

Employability

Students will 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?

UCL 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 › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"One of the most beneficial aspects of being at UCL is having access to an incredible diversity of talent and expertise in virtually every field of enquiry. In my own area of neuroscience, there are over 700 neuroscientists concentrated within a small area."

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Subject: Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Staff review

"UCL is a fantastic place to work and study, and it is a world leader in cognitive neuroscience."

Professor Sophie Scott

Subject: Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01
Applications will close once all places on the programme have been filled.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 MSc 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.

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