Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This specialist Master's degree brings together some of the world's leading researchers in the field of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology from centres such as the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Brain and Behaviour Lab and the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for Neuroimaging. The programme offers hands-on training in cutting-edge behavioural and imaging neuroscience techniques, and combines a basic-science perspective with clinical case-study perspectives. You will examine how theories of cognitive function can be informed by evidence from converging neuroimaging methods, such as functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiology and transcranial magnetic stimulation, as well as from neuropsychological, patient-based techniques.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, the health sciences, research, or policy development. Possible professions include neurologist, psychologist, or researcher. This degree may also be useful in a variety of roles within policy development, as well as in becoming a higher education lecturer.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,950 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,950 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,975 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,975 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,100 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need an undergraduate degree (2:1 honours or above) in psychology, neuroscience or a relevant discipline. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need 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.
  • IELTS score: 7