This Masters degree in Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience aims to equip students with the skills necessary for research careers across a range of scientific areas.
Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is at the intersection of cognitive science, brain imaging, and clinical neuroscience.
It is considered one of the most significant areas of contemporary science and it is beginning to transform the understanding of both normal and damaged brain function.
The importance of cognitive neuroscience has been recognised by the Welsh Government which created the multi-centre Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, drawing together the psychology departments at Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor Universities.
A core aspect of the provision for MSc Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience will also be collaboration with Swansea University
One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide)
Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)
The MSc Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is unique and novel in the range of modules and techniques the programme offers
Teaching and Employability:
Teaching is carried out by highly-respected, research active professionals conducting research across a range of cognitive neuroscience research areas and publishing in top international journals
Students benefit from state-of-the-art technology with over twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
Ability to offer international students mentoring throughout the course
Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
Practical Applications in Cognitive Neuroscience [*taught with Empirical Research Methods M13]
Generic Research Skills
Special Research Skills
Introduction to Research Programming
Psychology of Aging
Research Project in Cognitive Neuroscience
Who should apply?
This course in Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is suitable for:
anyone looking for a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training
anyone looking to demonstrate their employability across a range of disciplines within cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including psychology, computing, neuroscience, medicine and computer science
UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as researchers in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related fields.
psychology graduates aiming to secure a PhD by research in a psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related discipline
graduates from other disciplines such as Biology, Neuroscience, and Medicine who wish to develop further skills related to psychology and cognitive neuroscience
Students have successfully used this qualification to gain positions on PhD research programmes. Others have successfully gained employment as Research Associates/ Officers, as well as working in Teaching positions, the Business Sector and in Administration.
On completion of the course students should also be able to demonstrate their employability across a range of disciplines within cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including psychology, computing, neuroscience, medicine and computer science.
Applicants for the Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience programme should have a minimum of a UK 2.2 degree in Psychology, or a related discipline. A range of qualifications from international applicants will be considered. Non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme