Work closely with internationally recognised cognitive psychologists, clinical and academic neuropsychologists
Established by Professor Sharon Abrahams in 2006, this programme provides intensive training and specialist knowledge within human cognitive neuropsychology and related fields of study.
The teaching is closely integrated with the Human Cognitive Neuroscience research unit, a group of internationally recognized cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists.
Compulsory courses are aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research design and application. There are statistics courses which provide both a grounding in the principle and theory of statistics and in statistical programming software (R). In addition, there are courses which focus on a range of research skills, from the understanding and application of different methods and research tools, to the writing of research proposals, and the dissemination of research.
Students have the opportunity to take a wide range of further courses covering topics such as clinical neuropsychology, brain imaging, frontal lobe functions, language disorders, working memory, perceptual awareness and multisensory integration. In addition, they can also choose from a range of courses in associated disciplines of Individual Differences, Informatics and Psycholinguistics. Please consult our comprehensive overview of the programme (above) to see the complete list of optional courses.
The dissertation is worth one third of the total credits that are required to qualify for an MSc, and involves conducting a research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Students then produce a written report, in which they describe their research and interpret their findings.
On successful completion of this programme, you will have gained:
The programme is intended for graduate psychologists who wish to pursue a research-oriented career in cognitive psychology / neuroscience / neuropsychology or a clinically-oriented career in neuropsychology.
This is a popular programme, and acceptance can be competitive. Applicants are selected on the basis of their prior academic performance.
This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation. Optional courses within the area of human cognitive neuroscience can be selected to tailor the programme to your interests. You may also choose your optional courses from a range in associated disciplines, such as individual differences, informatics and psycholinguistics, with permission from the programme director.
Students can avail themselves of the resources (including study space, libraries, and computer labs) available within the school of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, as well as in the university more broadly.
In addition to the student support offered to all students in the school of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, your Programme Director or Supervisor will be able to provide you with academic advice and guidance specific to your programme of study.
|Action-perception links: spatial attention within and across sensory modalities; conflict and cognitive control.|
||Frontal lobe functions such as memory, executive abilities and social cognition in healthy ageing and damaged brains.|
||Professor Sharon Abrahams||Neuropsychology and neuroimaging in motor neurone disease and frontotemporal dementia; memory dysfunction associated with hippocampal damage. (Professor Abrahams will be on research leave during the academic year 2017/2018, she will not teach nor supervise students).|
||Dr Thomas Bak||Relationship between language, cognition and motor function.|
||Dr Tom Booth||Individual differences; quantitative methods.|
||Dr Dave Carmel||The cognitive neuroscience of consciousness and perceptual awareness; Interactions between visual awareness and attention, emotion, and working memory; top-down influences on perceptual processing; foundations of cognitive science, in particular the scientific study of consciousness.|
||Professor Sergio Della Sala||Cognitive neuropsychology, in particular in amnesia, visuo-spatial and representational neglect, apraxia and the cognitive deficits of Alzheimer's Disease.|
||Professor Robert Logie||The cognition of human memory in the healthy brain across the lifespan, focused on experimental behavioural studies of working memory.|
||Dr Alexa Morcom||Cognitive neuroscience of memory and ageing.|