This Masters is ideal for those who have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline and would like to build more knowledge and skills highly valued both in academic research and the clinical professions. Students will be well-equipped should they wish to undertake further professional training in Clinical Psychology, or a related discipline. The MSc is also an ideal platform from which to progress to PhD studies, particularly in Cognitive or Social Neuroscience.
This Masters degree bridges three research and clinical disciplines:
The major aim of this programme is to provide you with a thorough grounding in the neuroscience that underpins human cognitive brain function, clinical, social and affective interaction, and neuropathology.
Teaching will comprise of seminars, lectures, computing and statistics classes, and supervision of an individual research project. Your learning experience during the programme will be enhanced by an invited speaker’s programme of external experts who work in Clinical, Social or Cognitive neuroscience.
Your learning will be enhanced with optional Clinical internships in the Centre of Wellbeing and Neuroscience and Mind (Hackney) and Research internship in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) and other clinical/research centres at City.
In order to be eligible for entry, you must hold a first or upper second class degree in Psychology, Biology or a related discipline. An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will also be considered.
If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency. We only accept the following English language qualifications:
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
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If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:
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T: +44(0)20 7040 0249
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Former Course Director of the MSc Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience at City, University of London talks about this new course.
We facilitate clinical and research internships through our specialist research centres and our collaborations with clinical practices.
Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience student Wiki Tay completed a placement with CHM.
The opportunity to work with City and Hackney Mind as a clinical placement student was a great privilege to me. I wanted greater knowledge and experience of working with people with mental health needs and CHM was the perfect place for me to gain that exposure."
You will have access to all the facilities and laboratories in the Psychology Department. Check our labs facilities in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit (CRNU), the Baby lab, the Autism Research Group (ARG), the Human Memory Research Group, etc. For a full list of facilities visit the Psychology Department.
Our members have experience with a wide range of neuroscientific techniques, including neuropsychological testing, psychophysics, electrophysiology, and neuroimaging methods. We have particular strengths in the use of Electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electric Stimulation (a weak current applied to the scalp), in addition to measures of human behaviour (e.g. response times, response errors, and eye movements) and physiological measures (e.g. galvanic skin response and heart rate).
We test neurologically normal individuals, special populations (e.g. people with synesthesia) and people with expertise or acquired skills (e.g. dancers, musicians, athletes), as well as people with brain damage (e.g. neglect or split-brain patients), psychiatric diagnoses (e.g. schizophrenia), sensory deficits (e.g. visual and hearing impairments) and developmental disorders (e.g. dyslexia or autism).
Explore some of our specialist Psychology facilities City, University of London. We have particular strengths in the use of Electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electric Stimulation (a weak current applied to the scalp), in addition to measures of human behaviour (e.g. response times, response errors, and eye movements) and physiological measures (e.g. galvanic skin response and heart rate).
Contact us to book a tour around our facilities.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Teaching will be comprised of lectures, seminars, group work and discussions, workshops and tutorials, reports, computing and statistics classes and the individual research dissertation.
You will undertake independent study, supported by the teaching and learning team, and will receive detailed feedback on your coursework. You will be provided with assessment and grade-related criteria which will outline your intended learning outcomes, along with the skills, knowledge and attitudes you are expected to demonstrate in order for you to complete an assessment successfully. You will also be assigned a personal tutor as your primary contact, who will advise you on academic matters and monitor your progress through the programme.
You will find a supportive vibrant research environment in the Department. The course is taught by academics, who are internationally recognised experts in their field with different backgrounds in clinical, social and cognitive neuroscience.
Check out what is going on in our laboratories and at the Center for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience (CPWN).
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Your learning will be assessed through essays, examinations, oral presentations, research methods projects and interpretation of statistical analyses, formal research proposals and a dissertation.
The programme consists of eight taught modules worth 15 credits each with around 30-34 hours of face-to-face contact, supported by online resources and an empirical research project (worth 60 credits).
You will learn about the latest advances in clinical, social and cognitive neuroscience and develop an appreciation of the reciprocal nature of research and practice in these domains. For example how insights from functional neuroimaging inform our understanding of neurological disorders and how clinical observations inform neurocognitive modelling.
This module provides an introduction to key concepts in neuroscience. You will learn about the different techniques and methodologies commonly applied to address questions in neuroscience, as well as about specific paradigms used to decompose cognitive processes in the brain, and theories these approaches are based on. The module will also introduce you to basic concepts of neuroanatomy. Selected papers and seminars will provide the foundations to critically reappraise different methodologies and paradigms. This will equip you with the basic knowledge for distinguishing different theoretical frameworks and theories.
This module is designed for both beginners and students who already have some in-depth knowledge of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. The aims of the module are to: (1) develop a good understanding of current theories and approaches in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, (2) critically discuss classical and current research, and (3) analyse current theories and models in this area. This module will cover the fundamental processes in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and you will engage with the following topics: (1) the neural basis of memory development in childhood and later adulthood, (2) the neural basis of the effects of stress and trauma on memory development, and (3) autism and the neural basis of cognitive functions in aging.
This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn about the neurobiological perspective on mental health and illness and its implications for clinical practice and research. You will learn about the relevance of biological models for diagnosis and treatment of different clinical disorders and the role of stress (in contributing to) and well-being (in protecting against) these disorders. You will also learn about basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other evidence-based treatment techniques.
This is the first of two modules on the current state of knowledge in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This module focuses on our understanding of fundamental cognitive processes including perception and attention as well as decision making and executive functions. You will learn about current research and theories on the underlying brain mechanisms in healthy adults which will be further enriched by past and current neuropsychological and lesion studies. Findings from a wide range of neuroimaging techniques will be considered.
This is the second of two modules on the current state of knowledge in the field of cognitive neuroscience. This module will cover a variety of crucial topics related to learning, cortical plasticity, memory and language. These are important mental abilities, but also frequently affected in patients. You will discover exciting results about these abilities, learn methods to study them in the healthy brain, and examine cases where they break down.
Social Neuroscience is a branch of Cognitive Neuroscience concerned with the neural underpinnings of social behaviour. Understanding how we interact with others is regarded by many as a key challenge facing scientists in the 21st Century. Despite being a relatively young discipline, the study of the 'Social Brain' is therefore one of the fastest growing and most productive areas of contemporary Cognitive Science. In this module students will learn how we recognize people, how we understand and interpret their behaviour, how we empathize and attribute mental states to them, how we learn through observing and interacting with them, and how our interactions shape our decisions. Throughout the module students will learn how these processes can go wrong in certain clinical conditions and how clinical observations have informed models of the Social Brain.
Setting up, running and interpreting experiments is a core skill for researchers in clinical, social and cognitive neuroscience. Moreover, clinical psychologists often find that they have more research training than their medical colleagues, and are consequently called upon to design and implement research studies in a medical context. Hence, for both researchers and clinicians, the capacity to analyse data (and to understand the way in which others have analysed data) is essential for publishing and critiquing research and remaining current in evidence-based practice. In these two complimentary modules, you will be progressively taught to use Matlab, a flexible high-level programming language, to control experiments and analyse data. You will be introduced to the main methods of neuroscientific data collection, such as EEG and fMRI, and learn the statistical procedures necessary to analyse them. Finally, you will be introduced to the concepts and practical skills that allow us to characterise normal and disordered behaviours using cognitive and computational models.
The Research project provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to design and conduct independent empirical research in Social, Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. You will join a laboratory and will have practical 'hands-on' experience of addressing a particular research question working closely together with experts in the field.
There is also an invited speaker's programme showcasing eminent people from the world of neuroscience. The knowledge, skills and the interests students develop during the course of their study will be used in the research dissertation, which provides an opportunity to join a laboratory and undertake a major piece of independent high-quality research supervised by a specialist from the Department of Psychology.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
This course will provide you with knowledge and skills highly valued both in academic research and the clinical professions. The MSc is an ideal platform from which to progress to PhD studies, particularly in Cognitive or Social Neuroscience. You will also be well-equipped should you wish to undertake further professional training in Clinical Psychology, or a related discipline.
The knowledge and skills you will acquire in this programme are highly valuable, whether you choose to pursue further research or an applied occupation. They will enhance your employability prospects in a wide range of sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, neuromarketing, the computing industry, science and the media, science and the arts, business or education.
If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:
City, University of London
T: +44(0)20 7040 0249