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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full Time: 12 months | Part Time: 24 months

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    25 March 2019

​With the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience gain a firm grounding in interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience, as well as classical psychology and neuropsychology with options in developmental psychology and psychopathology.

This course is designed to train you for further research and study, ideally for a doctoral programme in psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, or a related field. It is research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other highly valuable transferable skills such as programming.

You will receive training in both neurobiology and psychological aspects of cognitive neuroscience and highly transferable analytical skills such as statistics and programming. You will also have the opportunity to engage in research with the NHS Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre, the Centre for Autism and the NHS Anxiety and Depression in Young People Research Unit.

You will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and will be encouraged to use our excellent facilities including brain imaging systems, and eye-tracking, psychophysiology, nutritional testing, and virtual reality and haptic laboratories.

Our School is housed in a modern building with extensive teaching and research facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-million pound neuroimaging centre, including fMRI, EEG and TMS facilities, and three NHS Clinics. The School also hosts significant computing facilities for modelling and analytical purposes.

In addition to the facilities and resources provided in our on-campus University Library, our department provides a dedicated study room for MSc students complete with computing facilities. There is a further separate student resources room which can be used for quiet study or group discussions, which has Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Topics in cognitive and affective neuroscience
  • Programming in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience
  • Principles of neurobiology
  • FMRI data analysis
  • Methods in neuroscience

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

This course will particularly appeal to those interested in academic, clinical and research careers where knowledge of human cognitive and emotional systems is relevant.

All of our MSc programmes are research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other fundamental transferable skills. The MSc Cognitive Neuroscience is designed to train you for further research and study, ideally for a doctoral programme in psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, or a related field. Our students regularly move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well as research-based positions in industry.


Visit the Cognitive Neuroscience MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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