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Course Description

Neuroimaging has emerged as a new important methodology in the study of the structure and function of the human brain in health and disease. In Neuroscience it is being increasingly used to study the physiological correlates of mental processes. In Clinical practice it plays a prominent role in the detection and diagnosis of neurological and psychiatric illnesses and in the evaluation of new treatments. The techniques are getting increasingly sophisticated and as a result there is a high demand for well-trained professionals.

Our Neuroimaging MSc is one of only a few programmes dealing with modern neuroimaging in the UK. It is exceptional in its focus on practical and biomedical aspects of Neuroimaging. The success of the program is reflected in the success of our students with 60% either in further higher education, or fully employed in the first year after degree completion. This figure rises to 100% within 3 years of the degree.

The Neuroimaging MSc is designed to provide students with the background knowledge and technical skills to design, analyze and evaluate imaging data. The Neuroimaging MSc focuses on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) based techniques, including functional MRI, anatomical imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Spectroscopy. Imaging techniques will be discussed with reference to relevant applications. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical skills. In a dedicated computer lab, the students will learn and practice analysis and imaging techniques. Under supervision of our world-class academic staff, students will design their own imaging based studies, which will be run using the in-house 3T MRI scanner. Additional classes will provide students with a broad scope of professional skills.

The Neuroimaging MSc is especially suited for:
students interested in pursuing an Academic career in the field of Neuroimaging;
students looking to find a job as research staff in industry or academic labs involved in translational research;
medical professional, looking to develop skills in a new emergent technology and research field;
students with a background in physics, mathematics or computer science who want to move into cognitive or clinical neuroscience;
students with a background in psychology or biology who want to improve your technical skills for a neuroscience career.

The core of the Neuroimaging MSc consists of two modules on Neuroimaging. The first module concentrates on methodological aspects. It includes an introduction to the physics of MR imaging, the physiological basis of functional signals, processing and analysis of imaging data and the design of research studies. The second module provides an in-depth introduction to a number of specialized imaging techniques used to understand the biology of brain function in health and disease. The latter module aims to illustrate the use of imaging in the context of translational and clinical studies of disease processes affecting the human brain.

Both modules combine formal lectures, and computer-based laboratories, in which students learn and practice analysis and imaging techniques. Weekly practical labs and programming classes are held in a dedicated computer laboratory available to all students. The work done in the lab sections constitute 50% of the grade in first module, and 30% of the grade in the second module. The latter also includes student-led discussion of published scientific and clinical research.

In the weekly Bangor Imaging Group (BIG) meeting, academic staffs, postdocs and students discuss current research. All MSc and PhD students propose their research here.

Additional optional modules provide an in-depth view of several content areas of cognitive and clinical neuroscience (see below). Students are also welcome to attend weekly review of clinical scans performed at the local hospital for the purpose of patient recruitment and a monthly neuroradiology conference where cases of clinical interest are discussed. Journal-clubs and research meetings concerning fMRI, EEG, and TMS methodologies are open to all students.

Students are also required to take at least one additional module in advanced statistics or advanced computing. The module Communicating Research completes the curriculum by training students in a broad scope of professional skills.

The Bangor Imaging Unit houses a state-of-the-art 3T MRI machine, available for student projects. Setups for the measurement of eye-movement, arm and hand movement, and physiological parameters are also available.

In the beginning of the year you will choose your academic supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible for helping you plan, design and draft your research thesis. From your project proposal you will review the relevant literature, and formally outline your study. In the weekly Bangor-Imaging Group meeting we learn about and discuss proposed, ongoing and completed studies and important new publications in the field. Moreover, all MSc and PhD students present their proposed plan of research in this forum. Thus, you are tightly integrated into the research environment at the Bangor Imaging Unit, and profit from interactions with older PhD students, post-docs, and other supervisors. Your final research project is conducted over the summer months, most likely using the in-house, research-dedicated 3T MRI scanner. The course ends with the successful submission of your research thesis.

The Neuroimaging MSc consists of two parts. Part one comprises taught modules over two semesters. You are required to take the two core modules in Neuroimaging, which include a large component of laboratory work. You will also choose two 'content' modules, each designed to provide knowledge and promote understanding in a specific core area of neuroscience. You also take three 'skills' modules designed to hone your research skills. In addition, you will partner with one of the academic faculty in order to jointly develop a research proposal for your thesis. On successful completion of Part One, you'll proceed to Part Two (in the third semester), when you will carry out your research study and write your thesis.

Research Thesis
The thesis is the 'crown' of the Neuroimaging MSc and is an intensive research experience conducted in collaboration with your supervisor that allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice. In conducting your thesis project, you will develop new skills such as planning, co-operative working, and the academic skills essential to understanding and reporting findings to others.
Career Prospects

Visit the Neuroimaging page on the Bangor University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hannah Rettie

My name is Hannah Rettie, I’m 22 and from Abergele in North Wales and I’m currently studying and MRes in Psychology.

Why Bangor?

I originally chose to study at Bangor because of the amazing location, and the quality of the Psychology course. I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate here so much I decided it would only be right to stay on for my masters!
The course…

I really enjoy my course – the lecturers are extremely supportive and will always make time for you. The opportunities I have had from my course have been incredible – I’ve been able to hold a human brain, go in an MRI scanner, and conduct an applied project in my area of interest.
Life at Bangor…

I really enjoyed living in halls as an undergraduate - there was a great atmosphere to the place and you really felt part of a community. I can imagine it’s even better now they have Canolfan Brailsford on site.
Clubs and Societies…

I am involved with student volunteering, and have been volunteering on numerous projects within Bangor for four years. I have also recently joined the pole fitness society! The fact that the clubs and societies here are free to join has allowed me to try things I wouldn’t have tried before, and increased my social circle.
Representing Bangor at the What Uni Student Choice Awards

The food and venue was extremely posh! I had a great time at the What Uni Awards with excellent company, and meeting Hugh Dennis was an experience! Being able to go to London for the first time as well was very exciting for me.

Bangor definitely deserved an award, it is an excellent university that I would recommend to anyone and I plan on staying here as long as possible.
Best thing about Bangor?

It’s everything I could have wanted from a university. It’s extremely friendly, the courses are of high quality and there are so many opportunities to get involved.

(Student Profile)

Lucas Michaut

Academic Background:

2009-2010: Exchange year, BA(Hons) Marketing, UCLAN, Preston, UK
2007-2011: Master in Marketing. Montpellier, France

Did you take up your postgraduate course straight after your first degree?

Yes, straight away, I finished my Master in France, did a 5-month work placement (part of my masters), and then applied and came to Bangor

Why did you choose this course at Bangor?

Because it is one of the very few consumer psychology masters in Europe (I didn’t check in France though, as I wanted to go anywhere but stay in France), and the School of Psychology in Bangor is well known and excellent.
What's the course teaching you that your first degree did not?

Everything related to psychology. Even if I had personally looked some psychology related paper during my undergrad for my personal knowledge I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any psychology related modules during my undergrad.

How are you funding the course?

Family funding

What job do you hope to have when you have finished?

In the short term I want to take a gap year, and later on apply for a PHD.

Do you think the course has improved your job prospects?

For an academic career obviously as it is the better way to access a PHD.

For a professional career, I would say yes as well, first of all because the topic I’m studying is very appealing for marketing related employers as they need a lot of psychologists, moreover numerous opportunities are given in Bangor to test our skills, meet people and so enhance our chance to get a job (e.g. Enterprise by Design, Social enterprise accelerator, Brolio/the pitch, Big Idea Wales).

Best things about studying at Bangor?

-The psychology related lectures and modules on the course are my favourites.
-The people I met here, either academics and friends.
-My house and housemates, we are 13 living in a house and we have a lot of fun together.
-Nights out in Bangor, as even if the clubs are not as good as ones in big cities we still have loads of fun, and sometimes a great party pops up (mostly in Hendre Hall)
-The opportunities to do extra curricula activities (related to study or work)
-The hockey Club, and sports clubs in general
-The gorgeous landscape surrounding the university (Pier, Hills, Snowdonia, Anglesea, … ), and the wonderful university buildings


EU/UK Acheivement Awards - 20+ Awards

Achievement Scholarship: The School is currently offering a £1000 fee-reduction achievement award to Top 8l MSc applicants (all programmes) who graduate with a 1st Class Honours degree

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants (all programmes) from the UK/EU applying with a first-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a Psychology-related discipline.

Application Procedure

Awarded automatically to eligible applicants

Further Information



International Student Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Departmental Funding Opportunities
UG & PGT Gold Scholarships: Psychology has a limited number of International top up scholarships worth up to £5K are available. Applicants would be expected to be able to demonstrate exceptional academic ability and a financial hardship. Applications must be received by 1st July 2014 and should consist of a statement outlining the applicants academic credentials and financial situation including any supporting documentation and ideally should be submitted at the same time as the application to enable an early decision. Applications can be e-mailed to [email protected]

University Funding Opportunities
The University has a number of Scholarships and Studentships available including the Santandar Scholarships, Postgraduate Widening Access Bursaries and the Peer Guide Plus studentship. Visit the University page for more details: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate.php.enInternational Education Centre Scholarships
The International Education Centre has a number of scholarships available for International students applying to Bangor University which are summarised below and include £5000 for all students with a 1st class honours degree and a small number of full fee waiver scholarships as well.-All PGT applicants will be considered for a £2,500 scholarship.
-1st class honours applicants are guaranteed a £5,000 scholarship and will be invited to apply for full fee waiver scholarship.
-All Masters applicants from new markets will be offered a £4,000 scholarship. (New markets include Pakistan, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan.)
-BU graduates progressing onto a higher degree at BU will be offered a£1,000 loyalty scholarship in addition to any other scholarships they may be awarded.
-The Santander scholarship fund aims to reward the most academically gifted students from countries that are supported by the Santander Universidades scheme.Please click here for further details: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/international/future/scholarship_pg.php

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 50% fee reduction


Must be an International (non EU) fee status

Application Procedure

Departmental Funding Opportunities
Applicants would be expected to be able to demonstrate exceptional academic ability and a financial hardship. Applications must be received by 1st July 2014 and should consist of a statement outlining the applicants academic credentials and financial situation including any supporting documentation and ideally should be submitted at the same time as the application to enable an early decision. Applications can be e-mailed to [email protected] & International Education Centre Scholarships
Some are awarded automatically, others require an application - please check for details

Further Information



MSc Neuroimaging Scholarship - 3 Awards

MSc Psychological Research: Three £2.5K Gold Scholarships for highly able applicants. Awarded on the basis of a project proposal (500 words max) and academic attainment. Proposals can be e-mailed to [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants who submit a research proposal.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a 300-500 word research proposal, outlining what they would like to pursue as a research topic. Research proposals should be emailed to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a single or joint honours degree in Psychology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Medical Sciences or a related subject area, with a normally a minimum degree class of 2:1 or equivalent. International applicants will be given individual consideration.IELTS 6.5 required

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