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Routes to Neuroscience

The York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) is part of the Department of Psychology. YNiC provides staff and the students they supervise with state of the art facilities for research in cognitive neuroscience. This facility and the wide ranging expertise of our staff makes York one of the best places in the UK to study human neuroscience at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Human neuroscience is a core and increasingly important element of contemporary psychology. Courses in the Department of Psychology focus on the mechanisms of human cognition (perception, thought, memory, language, reasoning and so on). Our undergraduate programmes are accredited by the British Psychological Society and are open to students with a wide range of qualifications. Although we require you to have studied at least one science subject (Psychology, Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry), it is not necessary to have studied Psychology at school or college. All undergraduate students in our department learn about neuroscience alongside other approaches to the mind, brain and behaviour. Subject to availability, all have options to choose neuroscientific modules, projects and literature surveys. Our 4-year undergraduate degree with an integrated masters programme, leading to an MSci qualification, provides a route to specialization in human neuroscience including very substantial final year projects typically involving hands-on experience with neuroscientific techniques such as MRI, MEG, TMS, computational modelling and EEG.

The Department of Psychology also contributes to the interdisciplinary BSc Neuroscience and MSci Neuroscience courses offered by the School of Natural Sciences. These courses span the full range of neuroscience including its molecular and cellular mechanisms (Biology and Chemistry) and philosophical aspects of the subject (Philosophy). They are suitable for students with excellent qualifications in Maths and Chemistry. Final year students typically undertake hands-on projects in human neuroscience (based at YNiC) or molecular, cellular or systems neuroscience (often based in the Biology Department or at the Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM)).

For students who have already have a good degree (equivalent to UK 2.1  or better) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering or a broad range of related numerate disciplines, we also offer a one-year MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. This course provides advanced training in neuroscientific research methods and, again, substantial projects involving hands-on experience with neuroscientific techniques, and is ideal for students considering a research career in human neuroscience, psychology or related areas.

For graduates looking for a career in neuroscientific research (and the very advanced transferrable skills it entails) we offer a PhD programme in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.