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MSc(Res) Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging

Course Description

About the course

This course is about the relationship between brain function and mechanisms that underpin behaviour.

Computational neuroscience uses data to construct models of brain function. Cognitive neuroscience and human imaging relate function to its underlying neural substrate.

The course includes a long research
project which gives you the chance to carry out an in-depth imaging study. The computational and analytical skills you’ll learn are great preparation for a PhD.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

For the taught component of the course, students choose one of two options: either a pathway focused on mathematics, computational neuroscience and MR-physics or a pathway focused on ethics, clinical neurology, neuroradiology and neuroanatomy, which includes a practical human brain dissection course.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.

Studentships and bursaries

Please contact us for the latest funding opportunities.


The course is designed to prepare you for a PhD, but your experience could land you a job in the private sector as a lab technician or a developer.

Core modules


Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Computational Neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models; Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills; Brain Imaging and its Physical Foundations; Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry.



Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience; Fundamentals of Neuroscience; Ethics and Public Awareness of Science; Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology; Brain Imaging and Clinical Neurology; Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry.


Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.


There are examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.

Visit the MSc(Res) Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Taught Bursaries - 6 Awards

The Department of Psychology is delighted to announce six Taught Postgraduate Bursaries of £1500 each (by way of a reduction in tuition fees) between the following programmes:
• MSc In Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
• MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging
• MSc in Psychological Research – (full time)
Each bursary will be offered on a competitive basis and assessment will be based on:
• Academic performance as indicated by GPA and transcript
• Other relevant skills and knowledge (for example, programming courses outside the degree, or relevant work experience)
• Research activity (co-authoring papers, conference presentations, etc.)
• Personal statement.Please include information on why you want to do the particular course you have applied for, and how it meshes with your aspirations. (For the MSc in Psychological Research the personal statement should include some details about your research interests supported by reference to the literature.) For further information please contact Josie Cassidy, ([email protected])

Value of Scholarship(s)



All applications received by the deadline (1 May 2012) for 2012-13 entry will be considered for a bursary.

Application Procedure

Please make your programme application at:http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/apply/applying.htmlDecisions will be made for each programme by a panel review and applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline by email.The deadline for receiving programme applications for a bursary is Tuesday 1 May 2012


Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The University of Sheffield is offering a number of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships to self funded full and part time students who are liable to pay fees at the home rate and starting their studies in 2014. You do not need to wait for your undergraduate degree classification to apply for a scholarship.This is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups such as those from low income backgrounds and who wouldn’t ordinarily consider going onto postgraduate study for reasons such as access to finance, have caring responsibilities or who come from areas where it is not usual to go to university at all. The University welcomes applications from recent graduates and students who graduated several years ago. Each applicant will be considered for all awards that are applicable but will only be eligible to receive one.The Faulty of Science has a number of Scholarships available. We’re offering postgraduate scholarships of up to £10,000 for UK and EU students starting masters courses in 2014. If you’re eligible, you could take your masters at Sheffield for FREE.The deadline for applications is 6th June 2014.
Benefactors Scholarships20 awards each worth £7,500 available to University of Sheffield graduatesIf you’re a current Sheffield student or a graduate of the University, and you received a maintenance grant for your undergraduate degree, you can apply. These scholarships aren’t course-specific. All taught postgraduate courses are eligible. The money can be used towards tuition fees and living costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to 10,000


Applicants must meet one or more of the following widening participation criteria: - Entered University from a Care background.
- Carer for an ill or disabled family member.
- Have been in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance.
- Were in receipt of a Maintenance Grant whilst an undergraduate.
- Come from one of the most deprived areas of the country as defined by the government's IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) database. For more information about your postcode IMD NB. this information only covers England and the postcode we will use is that of your home address in your last year of school or college.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/finance/pss

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science or mathematical/physical science. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in Writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

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