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Cognitive Rehabilitation (MSc)

Course Description

Cognitive rehabilitation is a rapidly emerging field that integrates research and clinical practice within the field of cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience and applies it to the development and evaluation of evidence-based assessment and intervention. This course has been carefully designed to provide graduates from psychology, the life sciences and allied health professions with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to develop their clinical skills, academic rigor and research expertise. The interdisciplinary nature of the course will provide you with a strong background in brain anatomy and function, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation ensuring that you have training and practice in assessment, targeted rehabilitation and the ethical and professional aspects of working in a clinical setting.

Course content

The focus on professional learning is supported with a work experience module that offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a clinical setting.

An independent research project provides you with a chance to develop your specific areas of interest with the supervision of a member of staff with relevant clinical, academic and research expertise.

Core modules

This module gives you the opportunity to investigate in some depth the neuroscience of a range of clinical disorders, and to think critically about how this contributes to our overall understanding of cognition. You are encouraged to think critically about research in this field, with emphasis on treatment strategies.

You will examine the theory and practice of developing a deeper understanding of cognitive neuroscience through the observation and assessment of cognitive functioning in patients with various forms of brain pathology.

This module will give you the opportunity to critically examine the literature with a view to developing a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical rationale and evidence-based approaches to working with individuals in a real world setting. You will be encouraged to explore the impact of developmental changes and individual differences across the lifespan and discuss the implications for intervention and education.

This module addresses the theoretical and practical issues involved in acquiring and analysing quantitative and qualitative data for research practice in the field of applied psychology. The main topics covered include: Experimental designs - hypotheses, models and theories; Anova, Manova and Ancova; regression, discriminant, factor and cluster analysis; survey and questionnaire design and psychometrics; interview techniques; qualitative analysis; content analysis; focus groups and grounded theory.

This module provides you with an understanding of the relevant models of healthy cognition, the biological basis of cognitive impairments and their impact on everyday functioning. Within this module you will explore historical and current methodologies and approaches to targeted cognitive rehabilitation techniques.

The Project in applied cognitive neuroscience is an extended piece of work on a relevant topic that you will select with the approval of the Course Leader. The topic will draw on knowledge, skills and methodological techniques covered by the course. This may involve an in-depth exploration of one aspect of the taught course or a related aspect not formally covered in depth. On completion of the project, you are required to submit a journal-style paper, a reflective commentary and a research portfolio.

Associated careers

This course is particularly suited to pursuing a career in a clinical setting, preparation for further psychology training (eg clinical psychology) or clinical research or meeting the requirements for appointment or promotion with certain employers. The course also develops generic higher education and career management skills that would be of use in a wide range of careers.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Cognitive Rehabilitation (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The course is open to graduates from psychology, life sciences, or allied health professions. Your application will be considered if you can demonstrate necessary experience or knowledge in essential biology, psychology or health. In addition to a fundamental understanding of basic neuroscience, you will also require some research skills, including some experience of experimental design, statistical analysis and report writing.

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