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Gain both theoretical and practitioner’s knowledge of cognitive neuroscience. Read more
Gain both theoretical and practitioner’s knowledge of cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience combines techniques and skills including psychometric testing, electroencephalogram (EEG) eye tracking and imaging techniques – for application to neuropathological and healthy groups in clinical, academic or biomedical settings. Neuropathological groups may include people with head injuries, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. 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 neuropathological and healthy groups, such as drug development for commercial gain.

You have an opportunity to go on a six months work placement in a clinical setting under supervision of professional neuropsychologist consultants.

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 alumi 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:
-Transcranial magnetic stimulation
-Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
-Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
-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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-clinical-cognitive-neuroscience

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Part time – typically 1 day per week for 2 years. Starts September.

Core modules
To graduate with an MSc you complete the following modules:
-Neuron to neuropathology
-Cognitive neuroscience methods
-Perception and cognition across the lifespan
-Research dissertation

Assessment: coursework; seminar activities; examinations; dissertation.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score

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Applications are invited to complete a Masters by Research (MScR) with focus on Spinal Muscular Atrophy in the laboratory of Dr Lyndsay Murray. Read more
Applications are invited to complete a Masters by Research (MScR) with focus on Spinal Muscular Atrophy in the laboratory of Dr Lyndsay Murray. The MSc by Research is a full-time 1-year research project. This program has no taught component and is therefore only suitable for highly motivated students with a clear idea of their research interests and goals, with significant theoretical or practical knowledge of a chosen field. An MSc by full-time research provides an excellent training in laboratory research and a strong grounding for further study at the level of PhD.

The Murray lab is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms which underlie the childhood motor neuron disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is a devastating disorder which affects around 1:6000 live births. Affected children have a very poor prognosis. In the most severe cases, this disease is fatal before two years of age. The Murray lab predominantly uses mouse models of this disease to investigate defects in motor neurons, and apply this information to develop potential treatments.

How to apply

Those interested should send a CV and covering letter to Lyndsay Murray at .


A scholarship is available to cover the fees associated with this degree, to the value of £6000.


Muscle dissection and immunofluorescence
Confocal Microscopy and neuromuscular junction imaging
NMJ morphological analysis and whole motor unit reconstruction
Transgenic mouse maintenance, cross breeding, intramuscular injections and assessing outcome measures
PCR, q-RT-PCR, western blotting


Murray LM., Beauvais A., Bhanot K. and R., K. (2012) Defects in Neuromuscular Junction Remodelling in the Smn2B/- Mouse Model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Neurobiology of disease, 49C: 57-67
Murray LM, Beauvais A, Gibeault S, Courtney NL, Kothary R. (2015) Transcriptional Profiling of Differentially Vulnerable Motor Neurons at Pre-symptomatic Stage in the Smn2B/- Mouse Model of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Acta Neuropathologica Communications. 3:55-72

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