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MScCognitive Neuropsychology

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £15,500.00 per year
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Cognitive neuropsychology is a branch of cognitive psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes. It places a particular emphasis on studying the cognitive effects of brain injury and neurological illness with a view to inferring models of normal cognitive functioning.

Evidence is based on case studies of individual brain damaged patients who show deficits in specific brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations between cognitive impairments. From these studies, and from studies of functional brain imaging, researchers can infer the components of the cognitive system that are responsible for our ability to remember, perceive and communicate.

Our MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology provides you with an advanced education in the core areas of cognitive neuropsychological research, plus knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology and neuropsychological research methods. You study topics including:

- Brain structure and function at the molecular and cellular levels
- The cognitive processing of words
- Psychology in the real world
- Visual attention

Our research is challenging and ground-breaking, with 90% rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us in the top 15 in the UK. We are supported by some of the most prestigious funding bodies, including the European Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.

We are a warm and friendly Department, and we wish to welcome both recent graduates of psychology (or a related subject), and mature students who may wish to upgrade their qualifications, refresh their CV, or return to academic study after a period of time away from education.

Programme structure

Year 1

Research Project (MSc)
Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Research Methods and Statistics in Cognitive Neuropsychology
The Social Voice (Advanced) (optional)
Critical Literature Review (optional)
Cognitive Neuropsychology of Language (optional)
Research Management (optional)
Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (optional)
Psychology at Work and in the Real World (optional)
Special Topics in Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology (optional)
Special Topics in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (optional)
Special Topics in Perception and Cognition (optional)
Visual Attention: From lab to life (Advanced) (optional)
Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional)

Career opportunities

Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

We also have excellent links with the research community; we are recognised by the ESRC as providing excellent postgraduate training and are an accredited Doctoral Training Centre, offering several studentships.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States