Data capture and analysis techniques to understand brain-behaviour relationships are continually emerging, creating a need for in-depth knowledge of neuroscience methods and their applications to understand brain function when healthy through cognitive neuroscience, and when disease strikes through clinical neuroscience.
The development of new strategies combined with the availability of large cognitve, neuroimaging and genetic data sets from healthy and clinical populations from different parts of the world have created a need for trained individuals to use these resources for scientific advancement and to improve human health. The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience MSc has been designed to address this need.
On this course, you will develop a detailed understanding of the historical and contemporary concepts and theories underpinning our current understanding of human brain-behaviour, innovative neuroscience methods and their application to understand brain function, and the core cognitive and affective processes and associated neurology. You will also be equipped with specialised analytical skills that will allow you to assess and interpret neuropsychological function in healthy and clinical populations, and will be able to report research evidence as a result.
Whilst studying either one year full-time or two years part-time, you will be taught by a multidisciplinary team of experts including psychologists, psychophysiologists, neuroimaging researchers and clinical scientists. The academics teaching the course are making advances in cognitive and clinical neuroscience, and will lead with their research so you will receive the most up-to-date knowledge in this field.
You will learn innovative neuroscience methods and gain hands-on experience with our fMRI and MRI scanners to study brain function in health and disease. You will also have opportunities to interact with renowned local, national and international experts in the field through Brunel's research centre, the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN).
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The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience MSc consists of a variety of optional modules alongside a compulsory dissertation. This course has been designed to give the most up-to-date knowledge in neuroscience methods and their applications in the understanding of brain function in health and disease.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Dissertation in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
Typical dissertations include the following topics:
- The effect of mindfulness meditation training on attentional neural network
- Investigating aberrant context processing in schizophrenia
- Psychophysiology of disgust in children with and without an eating disorder
- A multi-level analysis of fear in mentally disordered offenders
- The impact of learning on the brain
- Neurobiological mechanisms of alcohol addiction
- Attention and navigation in multi-target environments
- Mechanisms of social perception
- The functional neuroanatomical correlates of multitasking
- Constructing a stable world: how the brain uses gaze direction to disambiguate sensory information
- Research Methods and Academic Skills for the Life Sciences
- Neuroscience Methods: Theory and Practice
- Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: Core Topics
- Cognitive Psychopharmacology and Addiction
- Cognitive Rehabilitation and Plasticity
- Preparation for Research
- Historical and Contemporary Issues in Psychology
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Careers and your future
After graduating with a Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences MSc you may wish to undertake further postgraduate research at PhD level or pursue a professional doctoral clinical psychology training course or postgraduate qualification in psychiatry, nursing or allied disciplines.
Your skills will equip you for careers in the academic, clinical/healthcare and pharmaceutical industry setting in a variety of roles, from analytical and clinical research to sales and marketing.
The variety of assessments in this programme will provide you with the relevant skills for employment within the scientific communications industry, as well as within the scientific writing and journal-editing professions.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
- A UK first or second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in the field of Psychology, Neuroscience or related subjects (including biological sciences, computer science) as single honours or major components of joint honours degree.
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, professions allied to medicine or biomedical science (upper second class honours or above) is also considered.
- Applicants with other degrees, and/or with relevant work experience, will be considered on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
The Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience MSc is taught by a team of interdisciplinary academics including psychologists, psychophysiologists, neuroimaging researchers and clinical scientists, all of which are heavily involved in research. This research feeds into their teaching, and they will be on-hand to offer pastoral support during your studies.
Teaching is carried out through a series of lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops and lab classes, as well as guided independent study. Research skills will be developed through one-to-one supervised work on a dissertation project.
Additional practical skills in the use of neuroscience modalities and research will be developed through lab classes, web-based materials, and self-directed learning.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
You will be assessed through coursework essays, written examinations including essays and multiple choice questions, laboratory practical reports, oral and poster presentations, and a research dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,100 full-time; £4,550 part-time
£18,720 full-time; £9,360 part-time
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.