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Educational Neuroscience - MA/MSc

Course Description

The Educational Neuroscience MA/MSc will introduce students to the methods and findings from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. It will develop their understanding of key issues in educational neuroscience and the application of neuroscience to education, and provide the opportunity for them to undertake research in educational neuroscience.

Degree information

This programme will develop students' understanding of research processes and give them the opportunity to be taught by staff with a wide range of expertise in psychology of education and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Students will also benefit from strong links with psychological expertise in other colleges of the University of London, especially Birkbeck, with whom this is a joint award.

Students undertake modules to the value of 210 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits) - four taught at Birkbeck and one at UCL - two optional modules (60 credits) - taught at the IOE - and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Advanced Quantitative Methods*
-Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience*
-Genetics of Development*
-Issues in Educational Neuroscience
-Neuroimaging Methods*

*indicates modules taken at Birkbeck.

Optional modules - students choose two of the following optional modules offered by the IOE:
-Autism: Research and Practice
-Cognitive Development and Learning
-Language Development
-Personality and Social Psychology in Education
-Reading and Spelling Difficulties
-Social Development

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered by face-to-face daytime or evening sessions and attendance may vary depending on your choice of optional modules. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a 10,000-word dissertation.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as research assistants, while others have jobs as teachers. Graduates can also be found working as PhD students.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Psychology and Human Development brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

The Centre for Educational Neuroscience (CEN) was formed in 2008 to promote applications of cognitive neuroscience within educational research, and build partnerships with professionals to translate findings into new practice. The CEN involves 30+ academic staff with expertise in developmental psychology, pedagogy and learning technologies (UCL Institute of Education), cognitive neuroscience and educational psychology (UCL) and developmental neuroscience and computational modeling (Birkbeck).

The centre established the MA/MSc in Educational Neuroscience, with an intake of psychology graduates and education professionals, which feeds into an ESRC-accredited doctoral training pathway.

Visit the Educational Neuroscience - MA/MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience or related disciplines. Relevant practical and professional experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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