Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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 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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

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. Students learn in the classroom and laboratory via a combination of lectures, discussions and practical work. Alongside discipline-specific knowledge and skills, the programme develops key transferable skills.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students with a relevant scientific background (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, or biomedical science). 

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career

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 learn directly from experts in the field.

Employability

The MSc programme develops 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 MSc also promotes key transferable skills that prepare students for more general careers in clinical psychology, marketing, teaching and consultancy.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and seminars. The programme 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, reports, a popular science article, video, narrated scientific poster and the research dissertation.

On average students spend 30% of their time on the research project and 70% in class. Each taught module has around 20 contact hours, with the remaining time spent on independent study. The number of contact hours in the project depends on the nature of the research that is undertaken.

Modules

Full-time

The MSc takes one year of full-time study. You will spend two-thirds of your time on compulsory taught modules and one-third on an empirical research project in the area of cognitive neuroscience, supervised by a suitable member of UCL staff. Half of the taught modules focus on the methods of cognitive neuroscience, including statistics, brain anatomy, and different ways to measure brain structure and brain function in humans. The other half of the taught modules focus on current issues in cognitive neuroscience. These inform you about current knowledge and controversies in the field. 

Part-time

The Programme can also be taken part-time over two years. The modules are the same as in the full-time programme. In the first year, you would complete 5 taught modules, and in the second year you would complete 3 taught modules and your Research project.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Accessibility

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Graduate Open Events: UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

The UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is hosting a series of virtual PGT Open Events. Join the information sessions to discover how our postgraduate degrees will prepare you for research in psychology or further study of applied areas of psychology and language sciences. The UCL Division is ranked second in the world for psychology (Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021). We lead the way in the fields of mind, behaviour and language.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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 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.

The application process is competitive. 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 and the suitability of the applicant's career plans.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021