Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

As Psychology and Neuroscience reach out to tackle the big questions facing society today, skills and experience in new and emerging techniques in brain imaging as they relate to cognitive neuroscience are in demand.

The MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience is an exciting course that offers students the flexibility to develop specific interests, whilst at the same time an excellent opportunity to develop the technical and transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide range of research-related jobs.

The course uses a range of taught modules, a major research placement module and an independent research project leading to a dissertation.

Key features of the course are

  • One to one contact with research active staff
  • An opportunity to specialize in Cognitive Neuroscience, gaining specific skills in neuroimaging and programming
  • Find out what’s really hot or not in contemporary Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Learn transferable skills that enhance employability 


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This course offers an excellent opportunity for advanced learning in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. For many students this course helps them to develop a more focused set of interests and skills within Cognitive neuroscience so that they can choose the next career step that is best for them. For others, who have already identified the sub-specialty that fires their career aspirations, the course allows them to delve more deeply into their subject and to gain more specific skills and knowledge needed to build their chosen career. An aim of the course is to give students a boost in securing an interesting and exciting job in the workplace or a place on a high quality PhD course after graduation.

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The course is comprised of taught modules, a research placement in an active lab where you can develop a specific set of skills or area of knowledge, and a research project to produce a dissertation.

See list of modules and descriptions (PDF 173KB).

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018

  • Home/EU students £9,000 FT (£4,500 PT)
  • International students £19,170 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Funding, Graduation & Awards via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Typical offer:
A good Honours degree

Applicants should have obtained a good Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline and have gained at least a 2:1 in their research dissertation (i.e., experience of planning and conducting research and analysing data).

Personal statement

We request that your personal statement (approx. 400 words) describes your: 

1. Research experience: Mention any projects completed for your undergraduate degree and any projects you have worked on as a volunteer or paid research assistant.

Be sure to mention:

  • Details of research methods and methods of data collection used
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques used
  • Participant groups
  • Areas of research

2. Research interests: Describe your short-term research interests and future research/career plans. Explain how a place on this course will help you to achieve these plans.

Please include details of:

  • Research methods and analysis techniques that you would like to use or develop as a Masters student
  • Explain how your research interests fit with the areas of research expertise in the School of Psychology. Be sure to state the names of academics within the School that, given the opportunity, you would like to work with.  If possible, indicate more than one research interest and indicate your preference for each of them. (Please note, however, that if you are offered a place on the course, we will contact you about identifying relevant, available supervisors before the course commences.  When allocating a supervisor, we will take your preferences into account, but there are a number of other factors we consider, so your supervisor may not be one of the academics you have listed.) 

Examples of research interests in the School can be found on the following webpages:

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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The course uses a range of taught modules, a major research placement module and an independent research project leading to a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by a variety of methods including marked essays and reports, presentations, and peer assessments.

A surprising range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. Our students are excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills.

This MSc is also excellent preparation for PhD or other advanced degree positions.

In the video above, alumna Kirsty Hall talks about how the course helped prepare her for her career

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