Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Duration
One year full-time, two years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

£9,250 (Home/EU students)
£21,600 (International Students)
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Our Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc provides a critical understanding of cognitive neuroscience and specific skills in brain imaging techniques (eg, fMRI, EEG) and programming, with access to state-of-the-art equipment for brain imaging, brain electrophysiology and stimulation, and eye movement recording.

Brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience have become central aspects of all areas of Psychology.

This course is aimed at students who are interested in these new and emerging techniques. The course will provide students with a critical understanding of cognitive neuroscience and specific skills in brain imaging techniques (eg, fMRI, EEG) and programming. Students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for brain imaging, brain electrophysiology and stimulation, and eye movement recording.

This programme contains specialised modules on the theory and methods of brain imaging and current advances in cognitive neuroscience linked to these methods. It offers an excellent opportunity for training in the latest imaging research methods and practical applications, with one-to-one contact with research-active staff from the School of Psychology.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 160KB)

I have had so many enjoyable experiences in Birmingham but the highlight was during my MSc project when I got to work in the Birmingham University Imaging Center. An excellent facility with state of the art MRI imaging machines and research facilities. I got a first-hand feel of carrying out psychological research in an MRI scanner and saw brain images and analysed brain imaging data.

Ifeoma Egbuniwe

Modules

The course comprises of a series of taught core and optional modules. The core modules are designed to promote development of skills in experimental design and analysis, research skills, critical thinking and reading, oral presentation, and scientific writing.

Core taught modules currently include:

  • Applications of Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Current Research and Practice in Psychology
  • Fundamentals in Brain Imaging
  • Introduction to Neuroscientific Methods
  • Proposing Research in Psychology
  • Foundations of Data Science

Optional taught modules currently include:

  • Advanced Brain Imaging Methods
  • Application of Electrophysiological Approaches in Cognitive Neuroscience

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Students also undertake a supervised research project, leading to a 6,000-word research dissertation. See some of the recent projects (PDF 331KB) undertaken by students on the course.

See list of modules and descriptions (PDF 169KB).

Fees

Fees for 2020

  • Home/EU students £9,250 FT (£4,625 PT)
  • International students £21,600 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.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

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How To Apply

Please apply as soon as possible, as places are limited and the programme may close when full. Please ensure that your personal statement meets our requirements as failure to do so will result in delays to processing the decision on your application.

International students requiring visas

Wednesday 1 July 2020 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2021.

Home/EU students (and International students NOT requiring visas)

Thursday 10 September 2020 is the application deadline for Home/EU students and international students who do not require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2021.

Applications for 2020 entry are now open.

Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

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 (or equivalent) in the research dissertation (i.e., experience of planning and conducting research and analysing data).

Applicants who do not meet our requirement for a 2(i) in their final-year research project, but who have gained significant research experience in a cognitive neuroscience research lab(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Personal statement

(approx. 800-words in total)

The personal statement should describe research experience and research interests, supporting the applicant’s reasons for applying and demonstrating the motivation for studying the MSc.  The personal statement should include the following key information:

Section 1: Research Experience

  1. Briefly describe the research project you completed in the final year of your undergraduate degree.
  2. Briefly describe any other projects you have worked on as a volunteer or paid research assistant.
  3. Do you have any experience of programming? If Yes, briefly describe your experience.

Section 2: Research Interests

  1. What are your research interests? Briefly describe how your research interests fit within the areas of research expertise in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
  2. What research methods and analysis techniques would you like to use or develop as a student on the MSc?
  3. What are your future research/career plans? How will a place on the MSc help you to achieve your future research/career plans?
  4. Please state the names of three academics within the School that, given the opportunity, you would like to work with.  Please note: If you are offered a place on the MSc, we will contact you about identifying relevant, available supervisors before the course starts.  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. [FJ1] 

Section 3: Other Experiences (maximum 200-words)

Provide details of voluntary work experience, other aspects of your CV, and/or other points of achievement

A personal statement template is available to help you ensure your personal statement meets our requirements. Failure to include the requested information in the personal statement will result in delays to processing the decision on your application.

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

International Requirements



International Students

English language requirements

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band)


IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): PTE Academic 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

The course includes a variety of learning and teaching activities, including lectures, seminars, journal clubs, and workshops. For research-based modules, students will have regular supervision and directed research work. Activities include both individual and group work. 

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by a variety of methods including essays and reports, oral and poster 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