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.
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
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.
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.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
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
Deadline for Applications
We are now accepting applications for 2014/15. However, we will only start to review applications from February 2014 onwards. It is reccommended that you submit the application in early 2014, so that the information you provide on your application form is as up to date as possible when it is reviewed.
For further details please see the MSc Cogntive Neurosciences pages on the ICN (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) website.
- 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
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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
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.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Mr Richard Jardine
T: +44 (0)20 7679 4754
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