Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Gain specialist training and transferable research skills with an MSc Cognitive Neuroscience at Aston University. Benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities at the Aston Brain Centre and psychology laboratories with this specialised masters programme.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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1 year full-time

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Key information, entry requirements and fees

Mode of delivery: Full-time

Duration: 1 year full-time 

Applications: Applications for September 2021 entry will open in late 2020

Start date: September 2021

Fees: Fees for 2021 entry will be available once applications open in late 2020.

Entry requirements:


Undergraduate degree

An honours degree, usually 2:1 or above from a recognised university in psychology or a related field such as biology

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants should hold a good honours degree (usually 2:1 or above) from a recognised university in psychology or a related field such as biology.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Course outline and what you will study

Cognitive neuroscience studies the biological processes that make up cognition i.e.the complex mental functions such as consciousness, perception,memory, language, emotion and attention. Our cognitive neuroscience masters course is unique inits dual emphasis on specialist training in the area of cognitive neuroscience, as well as on generic and transferable research skills for career and professional development.

During your time at Aston, you will study specialist modules that combine theory and practice in paired sessions consisting of a lecture and an associated research practical.

You’ll study a core curriculum of six taught modules which will provide you with a detailed and critical understanding of the contemporary research and analysis methods used in cognitive neuroscience, as well as generic professional development and research-related communication skills.


  • Introduction into Cognitive Neuroscience / Professional Development
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Advanced EEG and MEG Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mini-project in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research project.

You will also complete a dissertation project, which forms the major practical component of the course and provides you with further experience and training in academic research as well as the opportunity to work with researchers of international standing. 

Your future career prospects

This course is designed to provide postgraduate-level education and training for graduates who want to specialise in the area of cognitive neuroscience, continue to do a PhD, or enhance their CV by a research-related masters qualification.

Previous students on this programme have moved on to

  • PhD studies: destinations of recently successful PhD applicants include Aston, Cardiff, Derby, Liverpool, Sussex and Warwick
  • Research-related roles: e.g. Research Assistant, Data Analyst (for example for the NHS)
  • Education: e.g. Science Teacher, Educational Consultant.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Delivered mainly through lectures, which are often followed up by laboratory-based practical sessions, this course is assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations, practical work, oral and written presentations, and the dissertation research project.

Teaching staff:

Course director - Dr Martin Jüttner

The following members of staff regularly teach on this course and can be approached to supervise the dissertation research project during the course (availability may vary from year to year).


All practicals and lab-based teaching make use of the state-of-the-art research facilities on the campus. These include

  • The Aston Brain Centre (various labs for M/EEG, fMRI and TMS research)
  • Vision Sciences (psychophysical laboratories)
  • The Psychology laboratories (for computer-based behavioural experiments and studies involving special techniques, like motion analysis or eye tracking).

A dedicated computer suite and project room is available for Masters students on this programme.

Aston Brain Centre: a centre of excellence to bundle neuroscientific research activities based on behavioural techniques, functional imaging and computational modelling, as well as the development of pharmacological, surgical and non-invasive investigations/interventions in neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

EEG Laboratory: dedicated state-of-the-art ANT high-density EEG system with 64 channels

TMS Laboratory: Magstim Super Rapid system

Eye-tracking Laboratory: Eyelink 1000 system

MEG laboratory: Elekta Neuromag Triux System with 305 channels

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