Cognitive Neuroscience Degrees

June 14, 2017

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Division of Psychology and Language Sciences LogoThe Cognitive Neuroscience MSc at UCL is a research-led, state-of-the-art degree programme on mental processes in the human brain. The programme brings together some of the world's leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology.

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Key Information

- Application dates Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from .

Degree Information

Students learn about the relationship between the mind and the brain in patients and healthy individuals, alongside the ideas, methodology, and current state of knowledge in cognitive neuroscience. They receive case demonstrations of brain-damaged patients, insights into transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation, and experience with functional neuroimaging techniques.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

- Key Skills
Communication Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience
Generic Research Skills

- Options
Group One:
Structure and Function of the Brain
Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Lesion Approaches
Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II: Neuroimaging
Designing and Analysing fMRI Experiments

Group Two:
Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Fundamental Processes
Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Elaborative and Adaptive Processes
Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience I: Translational Research

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an empirical research project in the area of cognitive neuroscience, which culminates in a dissertation of 10, 000–12, 000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, problem classes, laboratory classes and student presentations. Depending on the chosen taught modules, it includes case demonstrations of neuropsychological patients, hands-on experience with the analysis of neuroimaging data, critical analyses of published scientific papers, and discussion seminars. Assessment is through examinations, essays, practical exercises, reports and the the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Cognitive Neuroscience MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website .


The MRes is a very selective programme that develops key research skills in the field of cognitive neuroscience and serves as a basis for PhD study in an academic setting or a research career in industry or business. The MRes also promotes key skills that prepare students for more general careers in clinical psychology, marketing, teaching, and consultancy. The first cohort of students on the Cognitive Neuroscience MRes graduated in 2013, therefore very limited information on specific graduate destinations is currently available.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- PhD student, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (2014)
- Research Assistant, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (2014)
- PhD Student, University of Utecht (2014)
- Assistant Clinical Psychologist, National Hospital for Neurology (2014)
- Research Assistant, University of California (2011)

- Employability
Students will have the opportunity to study and conduct cutting-edge research alongside some of the leading researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Students will be immersed in this research environment and will learn directly from experts in the field rather than just text books.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is among the principal research centres in the world in this area and offers an ideal environment to study cognitive neuroscience.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the applicant's degree and degree institution; the quality of the references; the relevant skills and experience; the quality of the personal statement; the suitability of the applicant's career plans.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would therefore like to learn via your personal statement:
- why you want to study Cognitive Neuroscience at graduate level
- why you want to study Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL
- which module (s) on the Cognitive Neuroscience programme interest you most and why
- if you have a particular research project in mind
- your knowledge and interest in the subject demonstrated by briefly discussing a specific book or article that you have read that aroused your interest in the topic of cognitive neuroscience
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- how completion of the Cognitive Neuroscience MSc will help you obtain your short- and long-term career goals


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