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Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (MA/MSc)

Course Description

This specialist Master's degree brings together some of the world's leading researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology from centres such as the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Brain and Behaviour Lab and the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for Neuroimaging.

You will examine how theories of cognitive function can be informed by evidence from converging neuroimaging methods, such as functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiology and transcranial magnetic stimulation, as well as from neuropsychological, patient-based techniques.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Offers hands-on training in cutting-edge behavioural and imaging neuroscience techniques.
Combines a basic-science perspective with clinical case-study perspectives.
The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, with an outstanding international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, and especially developmental cognitive neuroscience.
You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology, and attend research seminars organised by the department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked 5th in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

Visit the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (MA/MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eloise Aston

4069.jpg When deciding what to study at undergraduate level, Eloise Aston considered science but eventually opted for Classics. However, her interest in science never left her, and several years after graduating, while working in publishing, she decided to look into studying science at postgraduate level.

Both her brother and her father had previously studied at Birkbeck, so Eloise decided to look into it too. She says: ‘Birkbeck’s part-time teaching and diverse student body fitted in with how I wanted to study. I was also aware that the psychology department at Birkbeck had a very strong research reputation and that my qualification would be highly regarded.’

Eloise continued her work in publishing while studying, but managed to combine this with the demands of the course. She says: ‘A lot of the information was available on line, which meant I could fit the reading around my existing commitments. The resources available to the students were very good and I found the library was a good place to study.’

‘My dissertation supervisor was excellent. She kept me going with my research and provided a lot of guidance and very helpful feedback.’

‘Birkbeck is in the middle of Bloomsbury, along with several other University of London colleges and that meant that we were able to go to lectures and seminars at UCL or at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, which was very useful.’

‘I’ve used my MSc to change careers and am now working as a medical writer, which is a job that I love. I enjoyed studying so much that I’m happy that I am now in a role which allows me to continue using that knowledge.’


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree (2:1 honours or above) in psychology, neuroscience or a relevant discipline.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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