Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree provides experience of both in'depth theory and hands'on research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience. It covers: The critical appreciation of existing research and research methods; running a neuroimaging study; the biological basis of learning and development in children and its implications for the classroom; the relation between genes, brain and cognitive development; managing and reporting on an extended research project; and subject'specific IT skills. The programme is ideal for teachers, educational psychologists and policy'makers who wish to develop an in'depth understanding of contemporary education and neuroscience that can inform their continuing practice. This programme is delivered jointly with the Institute of Education. It leads to a joint award from the Institute of Education's Department of Psychology and Human Development and Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences, and is taught across the 2 adjacent sites.

Course Modules

The course is made up of 7 taught modules and an extended critical literature review. Core modules (full'time students): Advanced quantitative methods; child development in a social context; development cognitive neuroscience family studies; generic research skills; genetics of development; qualitative methods.

Course Additional Entry

Good degree (2.1 or above) in psychology, education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience, or related disciplines. Relevant practical and professional experience may also be considered on a case'by'case basis. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees