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.


Content

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

Why should I 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.


Structure

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

  • Theories and Paradigms in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research Methods (Statistics)
  • Structure and Measurement of the Brain
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Lesion Approaches
  • Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Neuroimaging
  • 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

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.


Staff

Programme Directors: Dr Leun Otten and Prof Paul Burgess

Programme Administrator: Mr Richard Jardine

The programme is taught by experts in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology from centres such as the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Birkbeck-UCL Centre for Neuroimaging, Wellcome Trust Centre for Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, Institute of Child Health, and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Application

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.

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.


Deadline for Applications

UCL has an application deadline for taught post-graduate programmes of 1 August 2014.  However, we are accepting applications for 2014/15 and have now started to make offers.   Once all places have been filled we will stop accepting new applications.  It is very likely that all places will be filled much earlier than the general UCL deadline in August.  Therefore, it is recommended that you submit an application form as soon as possible.

Application Process

For further details please see the MSc Cogntive Neurosciences pages on the ICN (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) website.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,900
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,600

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.


Careers

Career

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 programme

  • 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.


Contact

Next steps

Contact

Mrs Esther Huntbach

T: +44 (0)207 679 4754

Department

Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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FAQs

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