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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
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
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

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, Department of Psychology
Telephone number: 
01206 872719