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Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)

Course Description

This course provides a firm grounding in interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience, as well as classical psychology and neuropsychology, with options in developmental psychology and psychopathology.

You will receive training in both neurobiological and psychological aspects of cognitive neuroscience, as well as in highly transferable analytic skills such as statistics and programming.

The school hosts the state-of-the-art Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN), an active community of researchers providing excellent opportunities for learning about the latest advances in the field and getting involved in research studies.

This course will particularly appeal to those interested in academic, clinical and research careers where knowledge of human cognitive and emotional systems is relevant.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/psychology-pg/msc-cognitive-neuroscience.aspx

Modules include:

• Topics in cognitive neuroscience
• Topics in affective neuroscience
• Programming in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience
• Principles of neurobiology
• Methods in Cognition
• Methods in Neuroscience
• fMRI Data Analysis
• Clinical Neuropsychology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

This course is designed to train you for further research and study, ideally for a doctoral programme in psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, or a related field. It is research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other highly valuable transferable skills such as programming. Our students regularly move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well research-based positions in industry.


Complement your postgraduate study of Psychology through a number of NHS partnered clinics, professional training centres and research placements in neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and clinical research.

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics provides access to state-of-the art technology and expertise in cognitive and computational neuroscience, alongside facilities for experimental and observational research, including a number of specialist laboratories (e.g. virtual reality, ageing, infant vision, infant language, auditory perception, body kinematics, psychophysiology, TMS, EEG).

We provide excellence in research training for both specialist and transferable skills. You will benefit from the many collaborative ventures of staff and from their involvement with major psychological societies, international conferences, journals and funding bodies.

We monitor your progress carefully and coursework is used as an opportunity for feedback and personal development.

Visit the Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

As our popular courses are consistently oversubscribed we advise early applications (prior to May each year) since we cannot accept applicants once the courses are full. Entrants are normally required to have obtained an Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline (for example, Cognitive Neuroscience). Your degree should have included biological psychology as required by the British Psychological Society. Applicants should have gained, or expect to gain, a class mark of 2:1 or better (i.e. 60% international equivalent, e.g. US GPA of 3.0).

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