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MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology


Course Description

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 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 or 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 brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations. From these studies, researchers infer that different areas of the brain are highly specialised.

Our MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology provides you with an advanced education in the core subjects of cognitive neuropsychological theories, plus knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology and neuropsychological research methods. It is a good foundation if you wish to proceed to a programme of further postgraduate study, like a PhD, but also provides training in transferable skills necessary to meet the current requirements of many graduate employers.

Visit the MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology 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."


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Entry Requirements

2.1 or above in psychology, linguistics or a related discipline; IELTS 7.0.

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