Cognitive neuroscience examines the biological processes that help us to understand complex mental functions such as memory, language, emotion, perception, attention and consciousness.
While psychology focuses on understanding the structure of the mind through behavioural experiments, neuroscience provides a window on how these processes occur in the brain.
Our course gives you unique access to the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) where you'll have opportunities for hands-on experience of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). You'll learn how to design, analyse and evaluate neuroimaging experiments, and see how they contribute to our understanding of brain mechanisms.
Provided by the Department of Psychology, the course also pulls in expertise from other areas of the University, such as the Hull York Medical School.
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Our course is made up of 180 credits, consisting of taught modules and a substantial empirical project.
By placing neuroimaging in the wider context of cognitive neuroscientific research, our modules introduce you to the principles and design of neuroimaging, and the specialist methods required for the analysis of data gathered from experiments.
Your research project will enable you to participate in the design and implementation of a piece of pure or applied research in cognitive neuroscience. You'll receive hands-on training in advanced brain imaging methods - some of which are being developed at York.
You will also study two option modules:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
As part of this MSc you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work, in a range of project areas. Projects will be supervised by an academic member of staff.
Different projects are available each year, but examples of recent MSc students' projects include:
Some of these projects are methodological in nature, in that they study analytical strategies for brain research, or aim to develop the use of new imaging methods.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£12,480||£29,400|
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We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You'll be taught through lectures, seminars, practicals and group work by academic experts within the Department of Psychology as well as external experts from other academic institutions. As the course progresses, you'll have greater independence with the emphasis being on choice, specialisation, and independent study, all supported by supervisors.
Seminars focus on small group work, discussions and presentations. You will gain knowledge in all aspects of research, from designing and carrying out experiments to analysing, critically evaluating and interpreting results. This experience will equip you with valuable skills that you will apply in your final empirical project.
Through the Virtual Learning Environment, you will have access to teaching materials, including lecture slides and recordings, practical demonstrations and supporting materials.
Our Department is purpose-built with superb teaching facilities.
Lectures will take place in state-of-the-art lecture theatres equipped with multiple screens for presentations, audio amplification and lecture recording facilities.
The Department of Psychology is located on Campus West.
Most lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work, staff offices and laboratories are in our psychology building. Some of your teaching will take place here and some at the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) in the Biocentre, York Science Park.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Modules are assessed through essays, practical reports, statistics and programming exercises, exams and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project
This MSc will enhance your transferable skills as well as the skills required for careers in a range of industries. For example, you’ll learn a variety of research and clinical methods that can be applied to childhood development and its disorders; as well as carrying out extensive independent research. Many of our graduates go on to complete PhDs, typically in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related fields adjacent to healthcare and medicine. Others go on to pursue careers in research, clinical psychology, and a range of professions involving understanding human behaviour, computing, data science and statistics.
The Department's Employability Coordinator works closely with the University Careers Service, which offers our students an additional range of career and recruitment events, skills sessions and one-to-one advice.
This MSc does not confer Graduate Basis for Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduate Basis for Membership is required for entry to doctoral training in clinical and educational psychology in the UK, as well as some professional psychological careers. You may already hold Graduate Basis for Membership (for example, from a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree), in which case this MSc could enhance your applications to jobs or doctoral courses that require it. If you don't have Graduate Basis for Membership then you may be interested in our MSc Psychology in Education conversion course.
See the BPS website for more information about professional pathways in psychology (bps.org.uk).
|Undergraduate degree||2:2 or equivalent in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or a related discipline|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components|
|Cambridge CEFR||C1 Advanced: 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and no less than 176 in all other components|
|Oxford ELLT||8, minimum of 8 in writing and no less than 7 in all other components|
|Duolingo||130, minimum 130 in Production and 120 in all other components|
|LanguageCert SELT||C1 with 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert Academic||75 with a minimum of 75 in Writing and no less than 70 in all other components|
|KITE||495-526, with 495-526 in writing and 459-494 in all other components|
|Skills for English||C1: Pass overall, with Pass in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, minimum 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components|
|TOEFL||96, minimum 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Distinction in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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