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Cognitive Neuropsychology - MSc


Course Description

Cognitive neuropsychology is a branch of cognitive psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes. It places a particular emphasis on studying the cognitive effects of brain injury and neurological illness with a view to inferring models of normal cognitive functioning.

Evidence is based on case studies of individual brain damaged patients who show deficits in specific brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations between cognitive impairments. From these studies, and from studies of functional brain imaging, researchers can infer the components of the cognitive system that are responsible for our ability to remember, perceive and communicate.

Our MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology provides you with an advanced education in the core areas of cognitive neuropsychological research, plus knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology and neuropsychological research methods. You study topics including:
-Brain structure and function at the molecular and cellular levels
-The cognitive processing of words
-Psychology in the real world
-Visual attention

Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the top 15 in the UK. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are a warm and friendly Department, and we wish to welcome both recent graduates of psychology (or a related subject), and mature students who may wish to upgrade their qualifications, refresh their CV, or return to academic study after a period of time away from education.

Our expert staff

Our academic staff include award-winning teachers and prize-winning researchers who are international experts in their own research areas.

The Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Group are researching attention, language, decision-making, and memory. Recent projects have investigated the psychology of energy reduction, the enhancement of human memory through technology, and improvements in the usability and design of transport maps.

The Social and Health Psychology Group work on motivations, needs, intercultural contact, and sexual attraction. Recent projects include the impacts of living and studying abroad, and how personal relative deprivation is linked to problem gambling.

The Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience Group research brain function and human behaviour. Recently they have been working on projects on the neural processes underlying language production, how motivations are communicated through tone of voice, and how the brain performs 3D vision. They previously developed the BioAid mobile phone app that turns an iPhone into a biologically inspired hearing aid.

Our department is expanding, and has recently appointed a number of excellent researchers whose expertise increases the diversity and depth of our skills base.

Specialist facilities

We are committed to giving you the best access to state-of-the-art facilities in higher education, housed entirely within our purpose-built psychology building on our Colchester Campus:
-Dedicated laboratories including a virtual reality suite and an observation suite
-Specialist areas for experimental psychology, visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology
-Study the development of perceptual and cognitive abilities in infants in our Babylab
-Our multimillion pound Centre for Brain Science (CBS) contains specialist laboratories, office space for research students, and research rooms and social spaces which foster opportunities for innovation, training, and collaboration

Your future

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Psychology, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers.

Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

We also have excellent links with the research community; we are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

Our recent PhD students have taken up post-doctoral positions in other top UK universities and international universities (in the US, Italy and Australia), as well as being appointed to lectureships.

Example structure

-Research Project (MSc)
-Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
-Research Methods and Statistics in Cognitive Neuropsychology
-The Social Voice (Advanced) (optional)
-Critical Literature Review (optional)
-Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (optional)
-Research Management (optional)
-Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (optional)
-Psychology at Work and in the Real World (optional)
-Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (optional)
-Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (optional)
-Special Topics in Perception and Cognition (optional)
-Visual Attention: From lab to life (Advanced) (optional)
-Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)

Visit the Cognitive Neuropsychology - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rachel Grenfell-Essam

“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."


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

You need a first, upper second or high lower second class honour degree, or equivalent, in psychology or a related subject. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

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