Taught course

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience MSc

Aston University · College of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

· Upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a recognised university in psychology, neuroscience or a related life science such as biology, or a related physical science such as engineering or computer science. More information on international degree requirements can be found on our Aston in your country webpage.

· Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ previous degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.

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Months of entry


Course content

During your year at Aston, you will study specialist modules that combine theory and practice. You’ll complete a core curriculum of six taught modules which will provide you with a detailed and critical understanding of the contemporary research and analysis methods used in cognitive and affective neuroscience. Topics covered in this course include:

• theories and applications of neuroanatomy
• cognitive and sensory systems
• affective neuroscience
• social cognition
• neurodevelopment and disorders
• neuroanatomy.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete research practicals using some of the advanced technologies of cognitive neuroscience, including magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, and eye movement recording. These sessions are supported within a series of trainings in core research skills such as how to formulate a scientific research question, scoping and implementing research designs, and stimulus presentation and programming.

There is also an emphasis on generic professional development and research-related communication skills in our Key Skills for Cognitive Neuroscientists modules. Here you will develop your abilities in areas such as oral and written presentation, personal promotion and employability, intellectual property, scientific writing, systematic review and Meta-analysis, and in research ethics.

Core modules

• Cognitive Neuroscience
• Research Practicals 1
• Research Practicals 2
• Key skills for Cognitive Neuroscientists 1
• Key skills for Cognitive Neuroscientists 2
• Research Dissertation

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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