Educational Neuroscience MSc

London, Bloomsbury

Offered jointly by IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society and Birkbeck, the Educational Neuroscience MA/MSc will introduce students to the methods and findings from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. It will develop their understanding of key issues in educational neuroscience and the application of neuroscience to education, and provide the opportunity for them to undertake research in educational neuroscience.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Not applicable
Not applicable
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
See Fees Note
Not applicable
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted

For information about application dates for this programme please visit Birkbeck, University of London.

Entry requirements

A good degree (an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or above) in psychology, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience or related disciplines. Applicants with a good undergraduate or postgraduate degree in education but no previous background in psychology or science will be required to complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Psychology (which covers psychology, neuroscience, and research methods) before applying for the MSc/MA Educational Neuroscience. Ideally students should have a background in both cognitive neuroscience and education. Relevant practical and professional experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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: Special. Requirement of 7.0 in IELTS with 6.5 in each subtest and at least 7.0 in writing.

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.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October. Please contact Birkbeck for further information.

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

This programme will develop students' understanding of research processes and give them the opportunity to be taught by staff with a wide range of expertise in psychology of education and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Students will also benefit from strong links with psychological expertise in other colleges of the University of London, especially Birkbeck, with whom this is a joint award. The majority of compulsory modules will be taken at Birkbeck.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to graduates of psychology or a related discipline (education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience) who want to progress to research careers or professional training, or to engage in professional development.

What this course will give you

The Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development, and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

The Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) was formed in 2008 to promote applications of cognitive neuroscience within educational research, and build partnerships with professionals to translate findings into new practice. The CEN involves 30+ academic staff with expertise in developmental psychology, pedagogy and learning technologies (UCL IOE), cognitive neuroscience and educational psychology (UCL) and developmental neuroscience and computational modeling (Birkbeck).

The CEN established the MA/MSc in Educational Neuroscience, with an intake of psychology graduates and education professionals, which feeds into an ESRC-accredited doctoral training pathway.

The foundation of your career

Students gain experience of thinking critically about how to apply scientific theories and findings to educational practice, and how to build an evidence base for education. These are crucial skills that aid career development in both the science and the education sectors.

Employability

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as research assistants, while others have jobs as teachers. Graduates can also be found continuing their studies as PhD students.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered by face-to-face daytime or evening sessions and attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Each 15 credit module at Birkbeck requires a notional 150 hours of study, and each 30 credit module at IOE requires a notional 300 hours of study. The majority of that study time requires students to study independently.

Modules

The programme comprises seven taught modules and a dissertation.  You will be expected to attend both UCL and Birkbeck for lectures and will be granted access to both institutions’ facilities.

The taught modules on the programme are lecture-based theory modules and practical laboratory modules, designed to provide you with a firm foundation in the different topics relevant to educational neuroscience. You will take compulsory modules at Birkbeck in Genetics of Development, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Advanced Quantitative Methods and Neuroimaging Methods (see the Birkbeck website for more information), plus Issues in Educational Neuroscience at IOE. You will also take two optional modules from a selection offered by IOE (see below).

You will also be required to complete a research component. The dissertation is a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff, from either Birkbeck or IOE, who has research interests in the area of the project. For students taking the MSc, you will be required to collate and analyse statistical data for your dissertation project. For students taking the MA, you will be required to conduct a literature review for your dissertation.

If studied on a full-time basis, the programme will take place over a full calendar year. Alternatively, it can be studied part-time over two years.

The programme comprises seven taught modules and a dissertation.  You will be expected to attend both UCL and Birkbeck for lectures and will be granted access to both institutions’ facilities.

The taught modules on the programme are lecture-based theory modules and practical laboratory modules, designed to provide you with a firm foundation in the different topics relevant to educational neuroscience. You will also be required to complete a research component. 

In the first year of the programme, students take the compulsory modules Genetics of Development, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck, plus Issues in Educational Neuroscience at IOE. Students also take one optional module from a selection offered by IOE (see below).

In the second year, students take the compulsory modules Advanced Quantitative Methods and Neuroimaging Methods at Birkbeck, plus one optional module from a selection offered by the UCL Institute of Education and a dissertation. The dissertation is a research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff, from either Birkbeck or IOE, who has research interests in the area of the project. For students taking the MSc, you will be required to collate and analyse statistical data for your dissertation project. For students taking the MA,  you will be required to conduct a literature review for your dissertation.

For information on modules at Birkbeck, visit the Birkbeck website.

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 210 credits. Upon successful completion of 210 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Educational Neuroscience.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) Not applicable Not applicable
Tuition fees (2023/24) See Fees Note Not applicable

Fees for this programme are set by and payable to Birkbeck, University of London.

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

DBS may be required depending on the type of research undertaken for the dissertation module. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75 (note, this was the fee for 2022 but may change). The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions team.

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

Sources of funding may be available through Birkbeck.

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.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Educational Neuroscience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Educational Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

UCL and Birkbeck, University of London are regulated by the Office for Students.