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Brain Imaging (MSc) (Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Integrative Neuroscience)

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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time or 2 years part-time

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  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details

  • Last Updated

    03 April 2019

Our research-engaged teaching ensures you are taught by the brightest minds who are working towards understanding the complexities of the human brain. Be inspired and join our world. 

You will gain knowledge in imaging methods, experimental design, analytical research and data analysis. Optional modules let you explore areas in the field that you find most interesting. 

Individual research project

This course is closely linked to several research groups in the School of Psychology:

Our broad research means we can offer a variety of research projects. Past project titles have included:

  • Investigating brain networks in the healthy brain and in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • How do interests affect distraction?
  • Decision making processes for others
  • Brain morphology in non-human primate
  • Functional brain imaging of face perception: an ultra-high-field MRI study of cortical maps representing facial features

Before you start your own research, you will undertake a placement with your project supervisor. This preparation usually includes:

  • training in software and tools that you may use
  • experience in experimental design
  • collecting pilot data 

Module spotlight

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a key tool for neuroscientists and at Nottingham we have a rich heritage of using this versatile technique. Sir Peter Mansfield was a physics professor at the University of Nottingham when he won the Nobel Prize for his work in MRI. Today, we have the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) on campus which houses various imaging facilities.

In the Data Analysis for Neuroimaging module, you will get to see a brain imaging session in person at the SPMIC. You will analyse one of the data sets collected on the SPMIC scanner in the following lab classes. To get most out of this, the module introduces some of the standard tools used across many labs (including FSL, the FMRIB Software Library from Oxford). These hands-on data sessions are also an excellent opportunity to consolidate your MATLAB programming skills that you will have developed in the first term. 

See the online prospectus for photographs of this module (look under full course details).

Teaching and assessment

You will study a total of 180 credits. Teaching methods will be a mix of:

  • lectures
  • lab classes
  • seminars
  • workshops

Assessment can vary depending on the module being studied but most are assessed by continuous assessment.

This could include:

  • lab reports
  • coursework
  • presentations
  • research posters


Watch our video of staff and students talking about the course.

Visit the Brain Imaging (MSc) (Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Integrative Neuroscience) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!





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