As Psychology and Neuroscience reach out to tackle the big questions facing society today, skills and experience in new and emerging techniques in brain imaging as they relate to cognitive neuroscience are in demand.
The MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience is an exciting course that offers students the flexibility to develop specific interests, whilst at the same time an excellent opportunity to develop the technical and transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide range of research-related jobs.
The course uses a range of taught modules, a major research placement module and an independent research project leading to a dissertation.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
This course is aimed at students who will have obtained at least a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline and wish to extend their understanding of Psychology, to become better prepared for a quality employment situation, or to aim for a further degree.
Foundations in Critical Thinking
Lectures discuss current research techniques and develop critical approaches to reading and evaluating research articles. The module includes small group discussions where students target critique of specific research approaches
Design & Analysis 1
Topics ypically include: questionnaire design and analysis; discriminant function analysis; descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing: z-scores; t-tests and ANOVAs with factorial, repeated
measures and mixed designs; planned and post-hot comparisons; correlation, linear and non-linear regression; multiple regression; tuition in SPSS
Design & Analysis 2
Research methods and analyses will typically include: advanced regressional techniques (log-linear analysis, logistic regression, simple path analysis); mathematical models; qualitative analysis; survey methods; power calculations and direct observation of behaviour
The module will provide an introduction to the Matlab package. Topics covered will include:
1. What exactly is Matlab, and why it is so useful.
2. Interacting with the Matlab IDE and command line environment.
3. Basic Matlab concepts (commands, data structures including vectors and matrices, calculations, programming).
4. Matlab programming techniques (flow control, modules, functions and .m files, file input/output, graphics).
5. Finally, students will complete a structured programming exercise, aimed at producing a simple visual experiment in Matlab. This will form the basis of the course assessment.
Lectures will provide an overview of approaches to planning research and the process of proposing research projects. Then students will work in small groups or one-to-one with a staff member to develop and write a research proposal. The proposal will typically involve pilot studies and require a lab placement with a staff member.
Advanced Brain Imaging
Lectures will cover advanced methods of data analysis and statistics for MRI and M/EEG. In addition, students will perform computerbased data analysis. The data analysis will be predominantly based on Matlab and the academic software package SPM.
Fundamentals in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
Lectures will cover the main techniques of brain mapping using MRI with emphasis on functional MRI. Topics will also include the physics of NMR and MRI, introduction to fMRI experimental design and analysis. Students will have computer-based training in analysis of brain images,
including processing of basic fMRI studies.
Current Research 2
Lectures will provide an overview of current research in psychology, as well as theoretical debates and methodologies.
Topics will typically include ethical and legal issues, exploitation of research, writing skills (including for the broader public), oral, poster and web-based presentation, time management, CV preparation, and interview skills
Students will carry out a conventional 60-credit research project in an approved research group.
A surprising range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. Our students are excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills.
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