Through the use of state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience research techniques, you will study the structure and function of the brain, examine the cognitive neuroscience of health and disease and learn the latest research techniques and methodologies to understand how brain structure and function underlies cognitive functions.
This programme will give you an understanding of the relationship between complex cognitive functions and their underlying brain mechanisms, in both patients and healthy individuals, as well as an in-depth knowledge of cognitive neuroscience research techniques and methodologies.
Hands-on research experience will be a key part of your studies. In our state-of-the-art research facilities, you’ll use many of the most important research tools used in contemporary cognitive neuroscience, including MRI, EEG, eye-tracking, brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), cognitive testing and both standard and computational data analysis.
You’ll learn how abnormal brain functioning can contribute to psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and drug use and addiction, as well as how cognitive neuroscience techniques can contribute to their treatment.
An understanding of research methods will be a core part of the programme. Through your dissertation project, you’ll make your own independent contribution to an original piece of research and will develop the skills and expertise required to graduate successfully into the rapidly changing field of cognitive neuroscience.
On this programme, you will gain hands-on experience in the practical use of cognitive neuroscience methods, and will gain an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of cognitive neuroscience, as well as the skills to excel in your career after you graduate.
The programme is delivered through taught lectures, methods workshops, seminars, discussion forums and online lectures, and is designed to give you the maximum flexibility to fit the programme around your other commitments.
You’ll study a diverse range of topics. This includes the structure and function of the brain and how to interpret research findings from neuroimaging and brain damage studies. You will understand the neural mechanisms of healthy brain functioning, decision-making, emotion, attention, memory and visual processing, as well as gaps in our current knowledge in these areas. You’ll learn how non-healthy human brain functioning can play a part in a range of psychiatric disorders, and how cognitive neuroscience techniques have been used in treatment. You’ll also learn to use important research tools, including MRI, EEG, eye-tracking and brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), and how to process, analyse and interpret the meaning of your collected data using different software platforms.
Communication skills in cognitive neuroscience will teach you key attributes to aid you in your career post-graduation, including how to construct research manuscripts and deliver effective presentations. Research methods and statistics are embedded in all modules, so you’ll be able to apply these skills in varying contexts. Your dissertation will be in the form of a 4000-word research manuscript, to give you the experience needed to succeed in a research career and to build your own profile as a researcher.
There are several career pathways this MSc can lead to. The solid understanding of applied cognitive neuroscience principles and techniques, and the experience in research, will equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a career in cognitive neuroscience research, whether in academia or industry. Such skills and knowledge will also equip you to succeed in a wide range of graduate careers, particularly those which require experience in data analysis, scientific and non-scientific communication skills, and skills in writing/publications, including finance, business, medicine, marketing and more.
Duration: 1 year (full-time)
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