University of York

University of York

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

The programme is particularly suited to students interested in the relationship between the development of the mind and the brain. It combines theoretical and empirical grounding in the cognitive and biological mechanisms of developmental change with training of the analytical and practical skills required for undertaking research into cognitive development and its neural bases. The course provides perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology as well as hands-on training in imaging methods. Topical issues in developmental cognitive neuroscience will be covered, including the neural bases of perceiving and acting in the physical and social world and neuroeducation. This programme is particularly suitable for students from psychology, biology, neuroscience or related disciplines who: Are keen to combine and integrate their interest in cognitive development and in brain development; wish to receive hands-on training in neuroimaging methods relevant for developmental research; want to conduct research into cognitive development and its neural bases; would like to get experience of working with children in a neuroscientific setting.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (typically a 2.1 or 1st) or an equivalent qualification in psychology, neuroscience, biology or related disciplines. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules included: Research design and statistics; basic principles in neuroimaging; advanced developmental cognitive neuroscience; topics in psychological research; research design and analysis in neuroimaging; current questions in developmental research; transferable skills; empirical project or literature review.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including essays, critical analysis of published papers, presentations, short notes on a range of topics, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the empirical project.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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