Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Educational Neuroscience

This degree provides experience of both in-depth theory and hands-on research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience. It covers: The critical appreciation of existing research and research methods; running a neuroimaging study; the biological basis of learning and development in children and its implications for the classroom; the relation between genes, brain and cognitive development; managing and reporting on an extended research project; and subject-specific IT skills. The programme is ideal for teachers, educational psychologists and policy-makers who wish to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary education and neuroscience that can inform their continuing practice. This programme is delivered jointly with the Institute of Education. It leads to a joint award from the Institute of Education's Department of Psychology and Human Development and Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences, and is taught across the 2 adjacent sites.

Course modules

To achieve the award of a Master's degree, you must achieve a minimum of 210 credits, consisting of: 5 compulsory taught modules (4 at 15 credits and 1 at 30 credits) 2 optional modules (each worth 30 credits) A dissertation (worth 60 credits). For the MSc, the dissertation must report an empirical piece of research relating to neuroscience and education. Full-time compulsory modules: Advanced Quantitative Methods; Development Cognitive Neuroscience; Genetics of Development; Issues in Educational Neuroscience; Neuroimaging Methods . Part-time compulsory modules Year 1: Development Cognitive Neuroscience; Genetics of Development; Issues in Educational Neuroscience . Part-time compulsory modules Year 2: Advanced Quantitative Methods; Neuroimaging Methods . MSc Educational Neuroscience research dissertation. Option modules at the Institute of Education: Autism: Research and Practice; Cognitive Development and Learning; Language Development; Personality and Social Psychology in Education; Reading and Spelling Difficulties; Social Development.

Assessment methods

6 essays or equivalent written work of 2000-2500 words; statistics worksheets; 1 research presentation; 1 project dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 15,225 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,525 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,650 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,775 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Psychological Sciences
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02076316535