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MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Course Description

This MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is particularly suited to students interested in the relationship between the development of the mind and the brain. It combines theoretical and empirical grounding in the cognitive and biological mechanisms of developmental change with training of the analytical and practical skills required for undertaking research into cognitive development and its neural bases. The course provides perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology as well as hands-on training in imaging methods. Topical issues in developmental cognitive neuroscience will be covered, including the neural bases of perceiving and acting in the physical and social world and Neuroeducation.

This programme is particularly suitable for students from Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience or related disciplines who:
- are keen to combine and integrate their interest in cognitive development and in brain development
- wish to receive hands-on training in neuroimaging methods relevant for developmental research
- want to conduct research into cognitive development and its neural bases
- would like to get experience of working with children in a neuroscientific setting

Specialist Modules

The programme combines specifically focused modules relevant for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience with courses teaching general principles of psychological research design, statistics and key transferable skills.
*Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
*Basic Principles in Neuroimaging
*Research Design and Analysis in Neuroimaging
*Current Questions in Developmental Research

Empirical Projects

As part of this programme, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work, on a topic at the cutting-edge of research in developmental cognitive neuroscience. You will be supervised by faculty with relevant expertise in fields including language and literacy development, numerical cognition, perception, learning and memory.


This MSc course prepares students to go on to PhDs in developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging and developmental psychology. Most others opt for research and clinical assistantships to gain further experience before undertaking a PhD or training in Clinical or Educational Psychology. In both cases, the distinctive skills they gain through the MSc are highly sought after.
Other career options include business, industry, academia and administration.

virtual open day

Speak to a member of our specialist team online. Please visit https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/open-days/virtual-open-day/ for full details or contact our departmental postgraduate administrator, Andrea Woodward.

Visit the MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (typically a 2:1 or 1st) or an equivalent qualification in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or related disciplines. For international applications, one of the following English language qualifications is required:• IELTS 6.5, with each subtest at least 6.5• Pearson 61 with a minimum of 61 in each component• CPE B• GCSE: B

Course Fees

2015/16 Home/EU: £7,350; Overseas: £20,300

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