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MSc - Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

Goldsmiths, University of London Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

About the course

This exciting MSc reflects the broad-ranging and strong neuroscience research profile of our Department, equipping you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and applications of cognitive, clinical, and developmental neuroscience.

The programme provides a thorough coverage of the historical, philosophical and scientific bases of modern neuroscience. The emphasis is on scientific knowledge relating to the specialisms of clinical and cognitive neuropsychology with theoretical and some practical coverage.

During the course of the MSc, students interested in gaining clinical experience will be encouraged to consider possible placements that may be available with one of the several clinical sites we collaborate with. In some cases, there may also be the possibility of carrying out research for

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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Psychology or a closely related scientific discipline (neuroscience, speech sciences, medicine, cognitive science) with a research component.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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Student Profile(s)

Elliot Brown

159.gif I decided to apply to Goldsmiths because the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience provides a good balance of clinical and theoretically taught material. The link that the Psychology Department has with the Huntercombe Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilatation Unit has given me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience that I know I can carry forward after my graduation. Initially my motivations for doing this course were to put me in a better position to apply for the clinical doctorate course, and in this light, my needs have been met beyond expectation. From doing this course I will have obtained solid research skills, comprehensive knowledge of theories behind cognitive neuroscience, as well as the experience of neuropsychological rehabilitation while working directly with clinical psychologists.

Goldsmiths is not often considered to be most well known for its Psychology Department, however there is a very solid collection of academic and research staff, with many specialist subjects catered for that are not found elsewhere in London. The diversity of creative subjects that Goldsmiths has to offer ultimately reflects on to the Psychology Department, with a number of ‘alternative’ research areas being explored (for example, the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain, and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit). This allows students much more freedom to explore their ideas in a variety of contexts.


I really enjoyed my time in Goldsmiths. The MSc was a well rounded academic pathway in the field of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. I also had the chance to apply these academic skills in a clinical placement alongside the course. I'll be further developing these skills on clinical training in September to follow a career path in Neuropsychology.


The CCN MSc at Goldsmiths provided a very solid and broad foundation to pursue my research career in academia, as well as giving me exposure to the clinical environment. I now apply these skills and knowledge almost every day in my current position in research. The experience at Goldsmiths and with my MSc supervisor was also absolutely instrumental in guiding the career choices I made after I graduated.


Goldsmiths was the catapult of my career. Thanks to the CCN MSc I started specializing in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology research. Enrolling in the program also allowed me to gain clinical experience through it's links to various hospitals in London. During my time enrolled in the CCN MSc, I became involved with my supervisor (Dr. Cocchini) with whom I went on to do my PhD. Her guidance throughout my MSc and my PhD provided me with all the building blocks for a future career in science. She connected me with my current employer and allowed me to collaborate with my current institution while completing my PhD. I will be forever grateful for Goldsmiths and my primary mentor Gianna!


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