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.

Entry requirements

Good degree (2.1 or above) in psychology, education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience, or related disciplines. Relevant practical and professional experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Course modules

MA

To achieve the award of a Masters 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 MA, the dissertation consists of an extended critical review relating to a relevant area of research.
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 .

MA 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.

MSc

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 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6535