The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).
Our Department of Psychology offers a stimulating and vibrant environment that allows both our academic staff, as well as our students, to successfully shape the future of our ever-growing research-intensive department. Our research activity is diverse and broad-based, with a variety of interests that fall into three major research groupings: cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology.
Cognitive neuroscience is concerned with the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a specific focus on the neural substrates of mental processes, and addresses questions of how psychological functions are produced by the brain. It is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines like physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Cognitive neuroscience relies upon theories in cognitive science coupled with evidence from neuropsychology and computational modelling.
Our MSc Cognitive Neuroscience gives you a thorough grounding in the scientific investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying human behaviour, with a particular reference to cognitive processes. You are taught the theoretical and biological foundations of cognitive science, and undertake advanced statistical training. A central feature is our extensive instruction covering the physiological bases and practical applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques. This core knowledge is integrated with understanding in related areas: experimental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and connectionist modelling.
“I decided to study within the Department of Psychology at Essex after attending an open day. I felt at home and was impressed by the excellent teaching and research ratings. I have always been interested in psychology and my interest continued to grow throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate study. This made the decision to continue with my PhD at Essex easy.
I really enjoy the freedom I have in my PhD. I particularly enjoy designing my own experiments, running them and analysing the results in my own work space. I also have an extremely supportive supervisor which is great. The Department is fantastic, any problems are dealt with quickly and the staff are always friendly and helpful. I also enjoy helping out as a teaching assistant in several classes and lectures.
I really like the compact layout of the campus, everything you need is within five minutes walk from the offices to the library and the SU bar. There is also a great atmosphere and student vibe here; I have always felt safe when walking through campus at any time of day or night.
My best memory so far was when I was told my first paper was accepted into a journal, it was such an achievement. Once I have completed my PhD I would love to become a lecturer. Essex is one of the leading universities for research, so completing a research degree here will stand me in very good stead when I start applying for jobs."
2.1 or above in psychology, linguistics or a related discipline; IELTS 7.0.
Recipient: University of Essex
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