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Distance learning only. This is the longest-running distance-learning course of its type in the world, and one of very few dedicated solely to MRI. Read more

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Overview

This is the longest-running distance-learning course of its type in the world, and one of very few dedicated solely to MRI. It is led by a world-renowned MRI educator Catherine Westbrook and supported by a team of MRI experts.
Study MRI to master’s level and open up exciting opportunities in clinical, research, management and academic careers. Develop as an independent and critical thinker, continually linking what you learn to your practice in this fast-changing field. Deepen your knowledge of scientific principles, learn to critically evaluate MRI images, and
understand their emotional impact on your patient. Engage in researching and advancing the world of MRI imaging. Undertake research that leads to publication offering the chance to contribute to wider MRI practice. When you graduate, you will have the advanced experience to seek more senior roles in the imaging profession. Many of our former students have had their research and theses published widely.

Core Modules

Applied Scientific Principles of MRI (30 credits)
Essentials of MRI Clinical Practice (30 credits)
Advanced MRI Practice (30 credits)
Research Studies (30 Credits)
Major Project (60 credits)
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Start dates

September 2017

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This part-time programme is designed to be studied over an eleven month period, commencing in early September and being completed in July of the following year. Read more
This part-time programme is designed to be studied over an eleven month period, commencing in early September and being completed in July of the following year. The programme consists of two 30 credit core modules.

The MRI theory module, delivered in the first semester, is designed to give students an understanding of the scientific principles behind magnetic resonance imaging and the knowledge to explore the relationship between technical parameters and anatomical and pathological appearances. This theoretical module may also be accessed by students who are not registered for the full MRI certificate course as an option within the MSc in Medical Imaging programme.

The second module, clinical MRI, is delivered in semester two and is designed to provide the student with a structured and monitored experiential learning opportunity in their workplace. It is designed to enable students to critically evaluate MRI protocols used in clinical practice with respect to the evidence base in order to inform service delivery and practice.

The programme sits within the MSc in Medical Imaging programme and the Faculty of Health Studies SSPRD framework, and upon successful completion of this MRI course students can continue their studies by registering for additional modules from the Medical Imaging or School module portfolio, to obtain a postgraduate Diploma or Master's Degree.

Why Bradford?

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) programme was first validated in 1996 and since then it has proved to be a popular choice of study demonstrating its continued clinical relevance. The programme is delivered in partnership with clinical and scientific experts working within MRI to ensure it remains clinically relevant and of value to radiographers in developing the knowledge, understanding and skills, in MRI, that are required of a professional who aspires to work at an advanced level.

Modules

-Magnetic Resonance Imaging
-Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Learning activities and assessment

A 'block' attendance format is utilised in the delivery of the academic learning and this mode of delivery has proved to be popular with students who benefit academically from the concentrated period of time that can be devoted to their studies and learning with their peers. There are 5 blocks of academic learning and these are delivered in the first 6 months of the course.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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Your programme of study. If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Did you know the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was invented at Aberdeen over 30 years ago? Major innovations to this technology are still being researched at Aberdeen today. You learn everything you need to know as an advanced grounding in medical physics such as understanding anatomy and how cells are altered by disease. You look at the engineering behind MRI and other visual scanning techniques to understand how applications are made in areas such as nuclear, Positron, Tomography, Radio diagnosis (X-ray), MRI and Ultrasound. You understand radiation and you apply electronics and computing to medical physics. The degree ensures plenty of practical understanding and application and you learn MRI within the department that built it.

If you want to work within imaging and medical physics to pursue a medical career in hospitals, industry and healthcare and diagnose disease by different methods of imaging the degree in Medical Physics will help you towards this goal. You can also develop your own research portfolio and PhD from this MSc and work within academia to pursue innovation in the discipline.

You receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. You can also work as a researcher, risk manager, radiation physics specialist and within the medical device industry in product development and innovation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science

Imaging in Medicine

Radiation in Medicine

Computing and Electronics in Medicine

Generic Skills

Semester 2

Radiation and Radiation Physics

Nuclear Medicine and Post Emission Tomography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Medical Electronics and Instrumentation

Medical Image Processing and Analysis

Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

Project Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/180/medical-physics/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by renowned researchers with opportunity to contribute to the expanding research portfolio
  • You learn in a cutting edge medical facility adjacent to the teaching hospital including a PET-CT scanner, radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines, plus MRI scanners
  • The MRI scanner was invented and developed at University of Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • Full time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

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Key Facts. All courses are accredited by the College and Society of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
Key Facts:
All courses are accredited by the College and Society of Radiographers and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The skills obtained are transferable to all NHS Trusts and recognised Overseas.


Entry Requirements:
You should possess a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic / Therapeutic Radiography or equivalent qualification e.g. a Diploma of the College of Radiographers. Applicants who are applying outside of the UK require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7 with no element below 6.5.

For reporting qualifications you should be currently practising, with at least two years’ post-qualification experience as a radiographer.

If you apply for the named Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) reporting awards in Adult Chest and Abdomen, CT Head, Appendicular and Axial Skeletal reporting you must also have a clinical supervisor within your own department who is willing to support you through the course, together with written approval from the Trust or hospital employing you for clinical practice.


Course overview:
The Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences has a reputation for developing innovative courses to meet the demands of NHS Trusts who require staff training in order to meet the demands of an ever changing NHS.

The courses are aimed at those with a current qualification and registration as radiographer, or other health care professional, registered with the HCPC who wish to enhance their qualifications and skills and to prepare themselves for the extended roles that they are expected to embrace. Applications are welcome from nurses who wish to enhance their scope of practice.

The available courses are designed to enable you to evaluate the relationship between technology, managerial responsibility and policy. As increasing emphasis is being placed on hospital-based research to support evidence-based practice, the courses also aim to enhance your abilities to critically evaluate research findings to benefit service provision, and thus ensure that the patient remains at the centre of everything that we do.

We'll equip you with specialist knowledge and skills to meet the ever-changing needs of this fast developing sector. All modules are delivered by highly skilled lecturers with the support of dedicated visiting lecturers from the clinical setting. 90 per cent of course delivery is face to face.


Course structure:
The available accreditations can be studied part time to fit around your personal and professional commitments.

Each single module requires a notional 200 hours of study. Most single modules are delivered either during the afternoon or evening or, on the named pathways, on a two or three day block-release basis, with the clinical component taking place in your workplace under the direction of a clinical supervisor.

Most students are successful at their first attempt of assessment.

The named pathways for Appendicular and Axial Skeletal Reporting have attracted students from as far afield as Denmark and Holland.

Learning Experience / Modules Studied:
The suite of courses offers opportunities to study Radiography at Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s (MSc) level:

PgCert Radiography [Appendicular Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Axial Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Adult Chest and Abdomen reporting]
PgCert Radiography [CT Head Reporting]
PgCert Radiography [Computed Tomography]
PgCert MRI
PgDip MRI
PgDip Image Reporting
PgDip Radiography and MSc Radiography

Regardless of the specialist area, a PgCert involves three single 20 credit modules or one double (40 credit) and one single (20 credit) module.
The PgDip involves an additional three single or one single and one double module provided you have already gained the PgCert. Otherwise, the PgDip involves a total of six single modules or two double and two single modules. You must study the single module Leadership for Advanced Professional Practice for the PgCert and Research; Methods of Enquiry module for the PgDip award as this will help prepare you for your dissertation towards your MSc Radiography.

For a Master’s, you must have completed a total of 120 credits. You will then undertake a research project where you will be offered workshops and tutorials and will be required to submit a dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words.
Available 20 credit single modules, which can also be accessed on an individual basis, include:

Leadership for Advanced Professions; Practice (compulsory for all PgCert awards)
Cross Sectional Anatomy
Image Interpretation for Comment Systems
Fundamentals of MRI
MRI Principles and Practice
MRI Student Negotiated
MRI Specialist Techniques
Introduction to Image Interpretation of the Chest and Abdomen
Technological Developments in Radiotherapy
Applications of Imaging and Verification in Radiotherapy
Paediatric Imaging
Forensic Radiography
Ethical and Legal Issues For Advanced Practice
Research: Methods of Enquiry (compulsory for PgDip)

Available 40 Credit modules which can also be accessed on an individual basis are:

Foundations and Practice of Appendicular Skeletal Reporting
Foundations and Practice of Axial Skeletal Reporting
Foundations and Practice of Adult Chest and Abdomen Reporting
Foundations and Practice of CT Head Reporting
Advanced CT Applications and Imaging Science

Each named award has its own clinical and academic requirements. Expected durations may also vary slightly. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty for more detailed course information.


Assessment:
Modules are assessed independently using a variety of methods, which may include assignments, annotated bibliography, student presentations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)

Visit the MSc Radiography page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

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This module aims to enable you to. -Gain a comprehensive understanding of the physical principles and technology underpinning the acquisition, production and presentation of magnetic resonance (MRI) images. Read more
This module aims to enable you to:
-Gain a comprehensive understanding of the physical principles and technology underpinning the acquisition, production and presentation of magnetic resonance (MRI) images
-Develop your ability to critically analyse and evaluate a broad range of magnetic resonance (MRI) imaging applications and protocols
-Develop your ability to comment on normal and variant anatomy seen in common MRI examinations

Lectures will introduce the students to the physical principles of MRI technology and the clinical applications of MRI, delivered by Faculty experts with support from the technical and clinical fields.

Students will be exposed to current MRI technology and its applications in clinical practice, encouraging reflection on existing practice.

Tutorials will be used to facilitate peer learning and sharing of information and directed study based on critiquing up to date literature and practice will be used to further stimulate the student's learning.

Why Bradford?

Postgraduate provision in Medical Imaging at the University of Bradford has long been established and is known for its quality and success in supporting development of healthcare professionals in their diverse roles, with students coming from around the UK, and full time international students choosing to study here.

The modules are delivered by an experienced radiography team, clinical specialists and medical physicists, and a research informed curriculum ensures it is relevant to current and innovative practice.

Modules

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Learning activities and assessment

Achievement of the learning outcomes will be demonstrated through the completion of a written examination based on the physical principles, and a second examination which involves responding to questions based on case studies with accompanying medical images.

All assessments within a module must achieve 40% to pass.

Career support and prospects

The module is designed to support healthcare practitioners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills in medical imaging that are required of a professional who aspires to work at an advanced level of practice.

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Neuroimaging has emerged as a new important methodology in the study of the structure and function of the human brain in health and disease. Read more
Neuroimaging has emerged as a new important methodology in the study of the structure and function of the human brain in health and disease. In Neuroscience it is being increasingly used to study the physiological correlates of mental processes. In Clinical practice it plays a prominent role in the detection and diagnosis of neurological and psychiatric illnesses and in the evaluation of new treatments. The techniques are getting increasingly sophisticated and as a result there is a high demand for well-trained professionals.

Our Neuroimaging MSc is one of only a few programmes dealing with modern neuroimaging in the UK. It is exceptional in its focus on practical and biomedical aspects of Neuroimaging. The success of the program is reflected in the success of our students with 60% either in further higher education, or fully employed in the first year after degree completion. This figure rises to 100% within 3 years of the degree.

The Neuroimaging MSc is designed to provide students with the background knowledge and technical skills to design, analyze and evaluate imaging data. The Neuroimaging MSc focuses on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) based techniques, including functional MRI, anatomical imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Spectroscopy. Imaging techniques will be discussed with reference to relevant applications. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical skills. In a dedicated computer lab, the students will learn and practice analysis and imaging techniques. Under supervision of our world-class academic staff, students will design their own imaging based studies, which will be run using the in-house 3T MRI scanner. Additional classes will provide students with a broad scope of professional skills.

The Neuroimaging MSc is especially suited for:
students interested in pursuing an Academic career in the field of Neuroimaging;
students looking to find a job as research staff in industry or academic labs involved in translational research;
medical professional, looking to develop skills in a new emergent technology and research field;
students with a background in physics, mathematics or computer science who want to move into cognitive or clinical neuroscience;
students with a background in psychology or biology who want to improve your technical skills for a neuroscience career.

Content
The core of the Neuroimaging MSc consists of two modules on Neuroimaging. The first module concentrates on methodological aspects. It includes an introduction to the physics of MR imaging, the physiological basis of functional signals, processing and analysis of imaging data and the design of research studies. The second module provides an in-depth introduction to a number of specialized imaging techniques used to understand the biology of brain function in health and disease. The latter module aims to illustrate the use of imaging in the context of translational and clinical studies of disease processes affecting the human brain.

Both modules combine formal lectures, and computer-based laboratories, in which students learn and practice analysis and imaging techniques. Weekly practical labs and programming classes are held in a dedicated computer laboratory available to all students. The work done in the lab sections constitute 50% of the grade in first module, and 30% of the grade in the second module. The latter also includes student-led discussion of published scientific and clinical research.

In the weekly Bangor Imaging Group (BIG) meeting, academic staffs, postdocs and students discuss current research. All MSc and PhD students propose their research here.

Additional optional modules provide an in-depth view of several content areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience (see below). Students are also welcome to attend weekly review of clinical scans performed at the local hospital for the purpose of patient recruitment and a monthly neuroradiology conference where cases of clinical interest are discussed. Journal-clubs and research meetings concerning fMRI, EEG, and TMS methodologies are open to all students.

Students are also required to take at least one additional module in advanced statistics or advanced computing. The module Communicating Research completes the curriculum by training students in a broad scope of professional skills.

The Bangor Imaging Unit houses a state-of-the-art 3T MRI machine, available for student projects. Setups for the measurement of eye-movement, arm and hand movement, and physiological parameters are also available.

In the beginning of the year you will choose your academic supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible for helping you plan, design and draft your research thesis. From your project proposal you will review the relevant literature, and formally outline your study. In the weekly Bangor-Imaging Group meeting we learn about and discuss proposed, ongoing and completed studies and important new publications in the field. Moreover, all MSc and PhD students present their proposed plan of research in this forum. Thus, you are tightly integrated into the research environment at the Bangor Imaging Unit, and profit from interactions with older PhD students, post-docs, and other supervisors. Your final research project is conducted over the summer months, most likely using the in-house, research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner. The course ends with the successful submission of your research thesis.

Structure
The Neuroimaging MSc consists of two parts. Part one comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take the two core modules in Neuroimaging, which include a large component of laboratory work. You will also choose two 'content' modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of neuroscience. You also take three 'skills' modules designed to hone your research skills. In addition, you will partner with one of the academic faculty in order to jointly develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you'll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester), when you will carry out your research study and write your thesis.

Research Thesis
The thesis is the 'crown' of the Neuroimaging MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.
Career Prospects

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Your programme of study. If you are interested in medical imaging and highly sophisticated ways of assisting in diagnostics visually the medical imaging programme comes from a long heritage of major world innovation which was led by research at Aberdeen. Read more

Your programme of study

If you are interested in medical imaging and highly sophisticated ways of assisting in diagnostics visually the medical imaging programme comes from a long heritage of major world innovation which was led by research at Aberdeen. Did you know researchers at Aberdeen invented the first MRI scanner (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for instance? Since this time much has been done to further work on the MRI scanner and deliver some of the most advanced forms of body visualisation tools available to the health area. If you have ever wondered how X rays work or you are interested in the latest radiotherapy techniques to provide therapeutic tools from radiographic equipment and advances this programme not only gives you the theory and practice in applying imaging in a health setting, it also gives you opportunities to think about the technologies involved and the applications. There is a lot of Physics and Maths required behind the different technologies involved in medical imaging so if you have these subjects and a life science background plus engineering or similar science disciplines this will make the programme more accessible.

By the end of the MSc programme you will have received a thorough academic grounding in Medical Imaging, been exposed to the practice of Medical Imaging in a hospital Department, and carried out a short research project. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. There are wide ranging career possibilities after graduation. You may wish to go straight into clinic settings to apply your skills within diagnostics or you may wish to study further for a PhD towards teaching or researching. There have also been spin out companies as a result of understanding and applying imaging technologies towards innovative applications. This subject also aligns with some major innovations in Photonics and other areas of medical science which you may like to explore further if you are interested in invention and innovation at the Scottish Innovation Centres: http://www.innovationcentres.scot/

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Radiation in Imaging

Introduction to Computing and Image Processing

Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science

Imaging in Medicine

Generic Skills

Semester 2

Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Medical Image Processing and Analysis

Diagnostic and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

MSc Project for Programme in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/178/medical-imaging/

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You have the opportunity to contribute research within the department, expanding the knowledge of medical imaging technology within the largest teaching hospital and Medical School in Europe
  • You have access to a PET-CT scanner, new radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines.
  • The university won the Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of achievements in new medical imaging techniques
  • The MRI scanner was invented at the University over 30 years ago - a major innovation which has been global in impact

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 or 24 months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php



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This full-time MSc course aims to equip graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds, including psychology, engineering, physical and biological sciences, with the methodological tools to undertake neuroimaging research at the highest level. Read more
This full-time MSc course aims to equip graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds, including psychology, engineering, physical and biological sciences, with the methodological tools to undertake neuroimaging research at the highest level.

Understanding the human brain in health and disease is one of the key research challenges of our time. Meeting this challenge depends on progress at multiple-levels, from investigations of single neurons through to studies of human cognition and perception. Bridging the gap between these levels is not easy, but recent advances in non-invasive neuroimaging and neurophysiology techniques seem to offer such a bridge, by providing a window on brain structure and function at the regional level. However, no single technique offers a complete picture – each has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is for this reason that much recent effort has been in multi-modal integration of several different imaging approaches.

You will be taught by international experts in both multimodal methods Semester 1 and applications of these methods in several domains Semester 2. Depending on your background and interests, you may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications-based research for your project in Semester 3.

The course aims to put you in a competitive position for a PhD studentship or research position in neuroimaging methodology, cognitive neuroscience or translational neuroscience applied to human health and disease.

The hub of the MSc is the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), which is part of the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. CUBRIC is one of only a handful of research-dedicated centres in the world that contain multiple neuroimaging techniques in one building: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Trans-cranial Stimulation (TMS/TDCS). A key feature of this course is that you can gain hands-on experience using all of these techniques.

Distinctive features

• Hands-on experience using multiple neuroimaging techniques.
• Based in Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), a world-leading centre of its kind.
• Taught by international experts.

Structure

This one-year full-time course starts in September and is a mixture of two taught semesters and a research project in the final semester.

Each Module must be completed with a mark of 50% or greater. All 12 taught modules must be passed before the research project dissertation can be submitted at the end of Semester 3.

Core modules:

Research Design and Statistics I
Research Design and Statistics II
fMRI Physiology and Methods
MEG and EEG: Physiology and Methods
Human Brain Stimulation: Technology and Methods
Neuroimaging Methods - State of The Art
Memory: Functions and Failures
The body in the brain: neuroimaging of pain, touch and emotions
Neuroimaging of Perception & Action
Clinical Neuroimaging Research
Neuroimaging Applications - State of the Art
MRI: Technology & Methods
Neuroimaging Research Project

Teaching

You will attend lectures, participate in seminars and tutorials, and gain experience in the MRI, MEG, EEG and TMS labs. Learners play the leading role in their own training.  The School facilitates learning by identifying appropriate reading and organising practicals.  Depending on their background and interests, students may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications-based research, or a mixture of both, for their projects in Semester 3.

Career Prospects

This course can prepare students for a range of career options, including:

• A research and academic career in cognitive/clinical neuroscience or methods development
• Industry applications such as research in pharma companies or neuro-marketing
• Supporting the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in healthcare environments.

Graduates in this programme will also be in a strong position to apply for PhD positions.

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Psychological Science is the use of scientific methods in in the study of mind and behaviour. The programme is designed to give you a thorough and advanced grounding in a wide variety of current psychological research areas and the research methods that underlie them. Read more

Summary

Psychological Science is the use of scientific methods in in the study of mind and behaviour. The programme is designed to give you a thorough and advanced grounding in a wide variety of current psychological research areas and the research methods that underlie them.

You will take your knowledge and research to the next level to explore cognition and cognitive neuroscience and how it can be applied to areas like mental health. The programme is designed to help you explore advanced research in many aspects of experimental psychology. You will hone your research skills and scientific knowledge in topics such as neuroimaging, brain stimulation, memory, language and biopsychology.

This course is taught in small groups where you will have the opportunity to present your research in seminars. You will be taught by leading experts in Psychology and be able to take part in current research projects in the department relating to cognitive neuroscience.

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired a broad knowledge and understanding of current research in psychological science with a particular focus on normal cognition, abnormal cognition, cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology. You will also have the ability to interpret a wide range of current primary literature (journal articles) in psychological science and to address the relevant ethical issues and potential societal impact.

Content

Key areas of study include a wide range of topics. You will be able to use experimental and cognitive neuroscientific techniques to both understand psychosis and suggest new treatments. You can have the opportunity to study the links between cognition and emotion, visual attention and the ways in which cognitive biases are involved in mental illness. You may be able to work in the area of understanding the possible underlying causes of autism and the ways in which people live with autism. You could also study depression and its treatment using cross-cultural comparisons, developmental studies and brain imaging. Finally, you could examine the underlying structure of language, how humans make use of it and what happens when language processing is compromised during development.

You will study in cutting-edge research facilities using equipment such as:
•Neuroimaging such as EEG, ERPs, high-density EEG, structural MRI, functional MRI, MRI spectroscopy, and MR neurofeedback.
•Brain stimulation such as TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), tDCS, tACS, and tRNS
•Eye-tracking using static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment.
•Computer Controlled experiments using software such as SONA (for participant management), ePrime (time-sensitive measures), and Qualtrics (surveys).

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Cognitive neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural functions to the underlying brain systems. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct rigorous computational models of brain function. Read more

About the course

Cognitive neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural functions to the underlying brain systems. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct rigorous computational models of brain function. Put them together and these new disciplines are the key to explaining the relationship between brain and behaviour.

You’ll develop a broad and critical understanding of these two fields, along with an appreciation of different approaches to understanding brain function. Your range of computational and analytical skills, and an ability to generate and test hypotheses, will give you an excellent foundation for further research.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.

Studentships and bursaries

Please contact us for the latest funding opportunities.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Computational Neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models; Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills; Computational Neuroscience 2: theoretical models; Brain Imaging and its Physical Foundations; Current Issues in Systems Neuroscience;Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Teaching

Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.

Assessment

Examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.

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Gain both theoretical and applied knowledge of clinical cognitive neuroscience. Read more

Gain both theoretical and applied knowledge of clinical cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience combines techniques and skills including psychometric testing, electroencephalography (EEG), eye tracking and imaging techniques – for application to neuropathological and healthy groups in clinical, academic or biomedical settings. Various neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive and perceptual functions with demonstration of practical recordings, as well as psychology experimental software are taught on the course.

This course is ideal if you

  • are a graduate with an applied or pure science degree including psychology, biosciences and nursing, and want to pursue a research, clinical or biomedical career in neuroscience
  • work in a related area and wish to formalise and develop your skills, knowledge and expertise as part of continuing professional development
  • want to open alternative career pathways
  • are an EU or international student with the appropriate background and qualifications.

The course gives you the knowledge and skills to evaluate cognitive and brain function and dysfunction in healthy and neuropathological groups. You learn to understand the important ethical issues involved in neuroscientific research targeted at various age groups and people with range of cognitive abilities, as well as developmental disorders.

You have an opportunity to learn psychophysiological recording techniques, including electrocardiogram (ECG), Skin Conductance (SC), performance speed and accuracy, as well as perceptual mechanisms using Eprime, Martlab and other specialist software.

We also build your research skills enabling you to work as an independent researcher in this area. You have the opportunity to attend workshops run by experts from relevant professions and fields of work. Examples include private clinical consultants, NHS neuropsychologist, teaching staff from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Sheffield and alumni from our course working in academia and the private sector.

Our specialist learning resources include psychometric measures for assessing cognitive function and 3D model brains for understanding neuroanatomy. You learn to use specialist equipment including • EEG • transcranial magnetic stimulation • analysis of Biopack • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data • visuo-psychophysics equipment.

Some lectures are taught by guest tutors including clinical psychologists and neuroimaging experts.

You are automatically affiliated with our Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Research Group, which

  • delivers targeted neuroscience workshops
  • organises subject specific presentations
  • has regular research meetings
  • has strong collaborative links with other institutions.

International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support while you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.

Course structure

Full-time – one year

Part-time – typically one day per week for two years

Core modules

  • Neursopsychopharmacology
  • Neuron to neuropathology
  • Cognitive neuroscience methods
  • Electrophysiology
  • Perception and cognition across the lifespan
  • Research dissertation

Assessment

  • coursework
  • seminar activities
  • examinations
  • dissertation

Employability

This course gives you the skills to work in both academic and clinical settings with healthy population and diverse neuropathological groups.

Graduates have the skills and knowledge to work in roles involved in assessing and evaluating cognitive function and dysfunction in healthy ageing across the lifespan and patient groups including people with Parkinson’s disease, head injury, dementia, and other neuropathological conditions.

During the course you benefit from employability sessions, where our alumni currently working in academia or industry, clinical psychologists and professionals from private research companies discuss possible career choices.

You may find roles in academic and clinical contexts using methods of neuroscience such as • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) • electroencephalogram (EEG) • transcranial magnetic stimulation • eye tracking techniques • visual psychophysics.

You can also complete further cognitive neuroscience postgraduate academic work.



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This course is about the relationship between brain function and mechanisms that underpin behaviour. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct models of brain function. Read more

About the course

This course is about the relationship between brain function and mechanisms that underpin behaviour.

Computational neuroscience uses data to construct models of brain function. Cognitive neuroscience and human imaging relate function to its underlying neural substrate.

The course includes a long research
project which gives you the chance to carry out an in-depth imaging study. The computational and analytical skills you’ll learn are great preparation for a PhD.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

For the taught component of the course, students choose one of two options: either a pathway focused on mathematics, computational neuroscience and MR-physics or a pathway focused on ethics, clinical neurology, neuroradiology and neuroanatomy, which includes a practical human brain dissection course.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.

Studentships and bursaries

Please contact us for the latest funding opportunities.

Careers

The course is designed to prepare you for a PhD, but your experience could land you a job in the private sector as a lab technician or a developer.

Core modules

PATHWAY 1

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Computational Neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models; Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills; Brain Imaging and its Physical Foundations; Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry.

OR

PATHWAY 2

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Ethics and Public Awareness of Science; Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology; Brain Imaging and Clinical Neurology; Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry.

Teaching

Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.

Assessment

There are examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.

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This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting edge methodological techniques. Read more

About the course

This course is designed to help you become an independent researcher, capable of explaining human behaviour using cutting edge methodological techniques.

Working with an expert in your chosen field of psychology, you’ll become highly proficient in statistical analysis, project management and report writing.

There are lectures, seminars and workshops. You’re assessed on written coursework, presentations and a research dissertation.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.

Studentships and bursaries

Please contact us for the latest funding opportunities.

Core modules

Multivariate Statistics for Psychology; Research Methods; Current Issues in Psychological Research; Professional Skills for Psychologists; Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research; Research Project in Psychology.

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This taught Masters is designed to provide you with an advanced programme of study in Medical Physics. It provides an understanding of the application of physics and technology to a range of disciplines within medical physics at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. Read more
This taught Masters is designed to provide you with an advanced programme of study in Medical Physics. It provides an understanding of the application of physics and technology to a range of disciplines within medical physics at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. We have expertise in traditional areas like ionising radiation, but also specialist sections in PET Scanning, Ophthalmology, Urology, Informatics and leading researchers in MRI.

Why this programme

◾A key strength of this programme is that you will be taught mostly by physicists working in the NHS. It will quip you for employment in a clinical environment.
◾Due to the large size of the NHS medical physics department in Glasgow, all mainstream areas of medical physics are covered along with some specialised fields.
◾The programme is accredited with the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the UK professional body for medical physicists.
◾The department has access to 1.5, 3 and 7 Tesla MRI, Pet Scanning, a cyclotron, dedicated SPECT and has its own radiosotope dispensary.
◾Your lecturers are operating at the forefront of the profession with a balance of research and clinical practice, perfect for studying Medical Science.
◾The research component of this programme allows you to develop valuable skills for practising and interpreting research.
◾We draw on expert resources within the wider university for anatomy, statistics and the two optional courses.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials, take part in e-learning and undertake a research project.

Core courses
◾Radiation physics
◾Anatomy and physiology
◾Statistics and experimental techniques
◾Medical imaging physics
◾Programming
◾Scientific management
◾Clinical medical imaging
◾Radiotherapy
◾Clinical measurement
◾Research dissertation.

Optional courses
◾Advanced data analysis
◾Problem solving.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in the NHS, private healthcare and equipment manufacturers. This is the course followed by the NHS trainees in Scotland so it is highly attuned to preparing the successful student for employment.

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Work alongside world leading researchers. Get hands-on experience with our specialist facilities and gain the skills required to pursue a PhD or research career in cognitive neuroscience or related disciplines. Read more
Work alongside world leading researchers. Get hands-on experience with our specialist facilities and gain the skills required to pursue a PhD or research career in cognitive neuroscience or related disciplines.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/cognitive-and-clinical-neuroscience

Our psychology research has been classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

On our course you’ll learn how to interpret and analyse structural and functional neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and other datasets, while gaining experience in neuropsychological assessment for clinical and research purposes.

Lectures, seminars and practical workshops will introduce you to current theoretical issues in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. We will explore neuro-anatomy and connectivity and how multiple converging approaches can strengthen the research process.

Your dissertation allows you to independently research an area you are passionate about. Supported by lecturers who are prominent researchers and longstanding members of Cambridge’s world-renowned research community.

On successful completion of this course you'll be able to:
• understand the principles of research design and strategy within the fields of cognitive and clinical neuroscience
• understand how to formulate researchable problems and develop an appreciation of alternative approaches to research
• understand a range of research methods and tools, including structural and functional neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and neuropsychological assessment
• understand current theoretical issues in clinical and cognitive neuroscience and the ways in which different methods are employed to address them
• manage research, including the process of research and its dissemination in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics

Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.
Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/cognitive-and-clinical-neuroscience

Careers

You could pursue further postgraduate study or research, work for universities, hospitals or research units active in cognitive psychology and/or the brain sciences. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.

Core Modules

Imaging and Diagnostics in Cognitive Neuroscience
Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
Issues in Scientific Research
Quantitative Research Methods
Dissertation

Assessment

We’ll assess your theoretical and applied understanding using essays, portfolios, exams, computer-based processing of brain imaging data, statistical data analysis and your dissertation.

Specialist facilities

You can use several dedicated, sound attenuated research laboratories, equipped with networked computers, as well as: an observation laboratory, including a two-way mirror; an electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory; an eye-tracking laboratory; a psycholinguistics laboratory; a psychometrics laboratory and a psychoneuroimmunology laboratory.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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