Postgraduate study

Human Cognitive Neuropsychology MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

This programme provides an opportunity to undertake intensive training in human cognitive neuropsychology by working closely with our Human Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit, a group of internationally recognised cognitive psychologists, clinical and academic neuropsychologists including Prof. Sharon Abrahams, Prof. Sergio Della Sala, and Prof. Robert Logie.

Teaching follows an integrated approach with courses on neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, clinical neuropsychology and brain imaging. You will also receive training in generic research methods within psychology.

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.

Compulsory courses

  • Psychological Research Skills
  • Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R
  • Multivariate Statistics and Methodology using R
  • Specialist techniques in psychological research
  • Current topics in psychological research

Option courses may include *

  • Active Vision
  • Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Disorders of Language Functions
  • Frontal Lobe Functions
  • Multisensory Integration
  • Imaging Mind and Brain
  • Working memory

Dissertation

The dissertation involves conducting a research project under staff supervision. You will produce a written report, which describes your research and interprets your findings. To get an idea of the sorts of project opportunities that were available within the School last year, see the archived * document at this link (note that it includes projects from all three School subject areas, not just Psychology). If you are looking to complete a research dissertation in clinical based environments (interacting with NHS patients) or schools / nurseries, you may be asked to apply for a Research Passport by your supervisor, or you may select a clinical research project that is already in progress within the University.

*(Revised 21 March to expand the list of optional courses.)

On successful completion of this programme, you will have gained:

  • specialist knowledge within the fields of human cognitive neuropsychology and integrated areas of study, in addition to training in psychological research methods
  • an understanding of clinical neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders), brain imaging, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuropsychology and critical awareness of cognitive and neuropsychological research and its application to clinical practice
  • a foundation for advanced research within human cognitive neuropsychology
  • a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of research design and application
  • competency in applying a range of methods and research tools
  • skills in research management, including managing data and conducting and disseminating research in ways consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics

The programme is suitable for graduate psychologists or those who have studied or worked in related disciplines who wish to pursue a research-oriented career within cognitive neuropsychology (providing the foundations for later application to a doctoral training programme) or a clinically oriented career in neuropsychology.

A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent, in Psychology.

We may also consider students without a psychology degree if you can demonstrate academic study in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, biological psychology and/or clinical psychology, together with a solid preparation in methodology and statistics.

Entry to this programme is extremely competitive.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • PPLS Postgraduate Office
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5002
  • Contact: pplspg@ed.ac.uk
  • PPLS Postgraduate Office
  • Dugald Stewart Building
  • 3 Charles Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AD

Applications are held for processing over two deadlines:

Round Application deadline Places awarded
1 1 February 2019 1 March 2019
2 3 June 2019 1 July 2019

MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology operate a gathered field approach to applications. This means that all complete applications that satisfy our minimum entry requirements will be held until the nearest deadline and the admissions panel will meet to consider all applications received together after that date. To be considered as having met the deadline your application must include transcripts and an academic reference.

First deadline, 1 February 2019: in order to ensure full consideration of your application we ask that you submit your complete application including all supporting documentation by this date. The outcome of applications will be confirmed by March. This is in order to meet funding deadlines.

Final deadline, 3 June 2019: the outcome of these applications will be confirmed by July.

Applications will not be accepted after the final deadline.

Applications must be complete with all supporting documentation to be passed on consideration, this includes references. Please ensure that you inform referees of any deadline you wish to meet.

References

You will be asked to add contact details for your referees. We will email them with information on how to upload their reference directly to your online application. Alternatively, they can email their comments to:

We cannot accept references uploaded by the candidate, and if you are applying by a specific deadline then the reference must also be submitted by the deadline. Whenever possible references should come from a dissertation supervisor or an academic mentor with direct experience of students’ research abilities.

Personal statement

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a personal statement detailing the background of your interest and why you are attracted to the programme.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • PPLS Postgraduate Office
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5002
  • Contact: pplspg@ed.ac.uk
  • PPLS Postgraduate Office
  • Dugald Stewart Building
  • 3 Charles Street
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AD