MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience

Make use of state-of-the-art facilities at the Aston Brain Centre and at the Psychology laboratories
  • Unique in its emphasis on specialist training in the area Cognitive Neuroscience, coupled with transferable research skills for career and professional development
  • Opportunity to work with internationally renowned academics

Entry requirements

This programme is open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates. Potential students must hold at least a 2nd class Honours degree in Psychology or a related field, for example Biology.

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:

  • IELTS. Minimum requirement - 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each area.

  • TOEFL IBT. Minimum requirement - 93 overall, (19 in listening and speaking, 18 in reading and 23 in writing).

  • Pearson Academic. Minimum requirement - 63 overall, 57 in each area.

We do not accept a Password test.

Course information

Duration of programme: Full-time: 12 months, part-time: Up to 2 years 
Start date:
Distance learning available: No
Intake: Approximately 15 per year.

The deadline to submit your application for October 2014 entry is Friday 1st August.     

Fees for 2014 entry:
UK/EU students: £5,460*
International students: £12,500

UK/EU - Aston 100 PG Scholarships

International scholarships - We have scholarships for African & South American students

Aston Alumni discount - 20% discount 

This degree programme is unique through its dual emphasis on specialist training in the area Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as on generic, transferable research skills for career and professional development.

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Students will acquire comprehensive research experience from working with researchers of international caliber. The programme is especially recommended to graduates who want to:

  • specialise in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience

  • continue to do a PhD, or get a feel for research before embarking on a PhD

  • enhance their CV by a research-related Masters qualification

The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience is focussed on a specialist taught module about the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of Cognitive Neuroscience, including the areas:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuropsychological Assessment 
  • Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 
  • Neuroimaging techniques involving EEG/ERP, MEG and MRI/fMRI   
  • Imaging genomics  

Additional modules provide detailed study and practical experience in research design and analysis, and help the student develop transferable, professional skills. These include the areas:

  • Advanced Methods in Psychological Research
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Research Rotation 
  • Communication Skills in Research     
  • Professional Development

 The course also includes a dissertation project. This is an original piece of research carried out under the supervision of experienced researchers of international standing normally associated with the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience or the Neuroimaging research group.

The course is delivered mainly through lectures, which are often followed up by laboratory-based practical sessions.

The course is assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations, practical work, oral and written presentations, and the dissertation project.


This course is designed to provide a postgraduate-level education and training for graduates seeking employment in Cognitive Neuroscience or related areas. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies a PhD level.

Personal development

In addition to writing skills, students will learn how to deliver information concisely in the form of scientific posters and talks as well essential interview and CV writing skills.

The course makes use of state-of-the-art specialist equipment provided at the Aston Brain Centre as well as at the Psychology laboratories. There is also a dedicated computer suite and seminar room for masters students.
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