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Education - Neuroscience and Education MSc

Course Description

Neuroscience is beginning to influence education across the world. This programme, which is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, will provide you with the skills and understanding to integrate insights from neuroscience and education.

The programme is suitable for teachers of all subjects and across all ages, including teachers of children with special needs, educational psychologists, education managers and policy makers. It is for those who want to enrich their thinking and practice with insights about learning and development from the sciences of the mind and brain.

You will be supported in exploring this exciting new field through:
-Engaging with the most up-to-date research literature, including the latest findings arising from the sciences of mind and brain in areas relevant to education. These include reading, mathematics, learning disorders, technology and creativity, but also many other areas.
-Becoming an active researcher who draws on findings from neuroscience, psychology, genetics and educational research.
-Carrying out your own small-scale experiments and research studies, leading to the major work of your dissertation.
-Carrying out assignments that encourage written, graphical and oral communication of your ideas.
-Becoming part of a broader community of study and research in the field of neuroscience and education, though lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.
-Becoming confident with argument and discussion in the field of neuroscience and education.

The programme also provides an excellent foundation for further research studies (eg at PhD level) involving the ideas and methods of neuroscience in areas related to education.

Programme structure

Core units
-Introduction to Educational Inquiry
-Brain, Mind and Education
-Statistics in Education
-Cognition and Learning
-Issues in Neuroscience and Education

Optional units include
Students following this programme will also be able to take optional units from across the school, such as:
-Psychophysiological Research Methods in Education
-Designing Technologies for learning
-Social and Socio-cultural Psychology

For those who already possess a psychology degree, the option of taking the following units from the Department of Experimental Psychology may also be available:
-Magnetic Resonance Summer School
-Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods
-Applied Neuropsychology

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.


We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

Visit the Education - Neuroscience and Education MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Bravo

5280.jpg I chose the University of Bristol because it had the Masters program that I was looking for. In addition, when I started searching for universities I realized the high quality of the University since it was among the best in the world. Moreover, I noticed the staff were high quality researchers who account papers and publish books.

The University of Bristol is an excellent institution which has a most remarkable feature its quality of education. What I like most about university is its ability to develop critical thinking in students. In this regard, I feel that I have learnt more than previous universities experiences because Bristol has such methodology that promotes students to think critically about what are they receiving as theoretical information so we can go forward, question knowledge and compare evidence. As a result, students are not passive, rather they have an active role during lessons, giving their opinions, developing ideas, discussing among peers and teachers, for instance. All these factors help students to achieve significant learning.

Teachers are respected academics and they are involved in current scientific discussions. Also, teachers support students academically and are available for answering student's requirements. Communication between teacher-student is based on a respectful relationship and there is emotional support for students who need it during their studies. In general the staff are very friendly and always willing to help students.

The city of Bristol has a familiar environment, people are friendly and they are always willing to help. There is a good transport system with plenty of buses to get different places. The city has a nice center, with shops, restaurants, etc. Furthermore, Bristol is a very safe city, you can walk without any problem at night.

After completing my studies, I will return to my country to work in public schools and the university in my city since I have a scholarship, from the Chilean government. I would like to develop an academic unit based on the relationship between neuroscience and education since the University of Bristol has changed my thoughts about neuroscience and education in terms of how both sciences are related each other. Neuroscience in education is much more than teachers learning about the brain.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent).

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