University of Essex

University of Essex

Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive neuroscience is concerned with the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a specific focus on the neural substrates of mental processes, and addresses questions of how psychological functions are produced by the brain; it is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines like physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology; cognitive neuroscience relies upon theories in cognitive science coupled with evidence from neuropsychology and computational modelling; our course gives students a grounding in the scientific investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying human behaviour, with a particular reference to cognitive processes; they are taught the theoretical and biological foundations of cognitive science, and undertake advanced statistical training; a central feature is our instruction covering the physiological bases and practical applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques; this core knowledge is integrated with understanding in related areas: Experimental psychology; cognitive neuropsychology; computational modelling.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in psychology, linguistics or a related discipline. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Fundamentals of neuroscience and neuropsychology; methods in cognitive neuroscience; numerical methods for cognitive neuroscience; research project. Optional modules include: Advanced cognitive development; advanced reading development and dyslexia; cognitive neuropsychology of language; neuropsychology of perception and attention.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 5,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Psychology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719