Taught course

Functional Neuroimaging

Brunel University London · Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK first, (2:1) or (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Life Science or related discipline. 2.2 Honours degrees or equivalent internationally recognised qualification will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with other degrees in the specified subject area together with relevant experience in an area related to neuro-imaging will be considered on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

  • How does brain scanning equipment work?
  • What can brain scanners tell us about brain function?
  • How do differences in brain structure affect brain function?

Recent years have been characterised by a rapid development of functional imaging technology, with increasing availability worldwide of high resolution scanners for research and clinical applications. Functional brain imaging requires an understanding of current concepts in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, as well as a basic appreciation of neuroimaging techniques and the mathematical and statistical foundations for data analysis.

This programme, the first of its kind in the UK, provides a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the world of neuroimaging research.

The course is a good preparation for a PhD in functional brain imaging, or for working as part of a neuroimaging team with fMRI and/or other imaging modalities.


The rapid development of functional imaging technology and research has contributed to the call for improved education and training in functional imaging. Within this context, on this programme:

  • You will be provided with a strong theoretical and practical introduction to the world of neuroimaging research.
  • You will be equipped with a range of practical research skills to enable you to successfully complete research of this kind, either as part of a research team or as an individual.
  • You will also be provided with the necessary training in safety and in the rules of scanner operation, to allow you to conduct a neuroimaging research project under the supervision of an Authorised User on Brunel’s 3T scanner, or else to conduct a project on one of its related ERP imaging or psychological laboratory facilities.

Whether you want to pursue neuroimaging research, or simply become an expert in this important field of science, the Functional Neuroimaging MSc provides the relevant skills and knowledge.

Information for international students

International students are welcomed. We require IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,350 full-time; £4,175 part-time
International students
£17,200 full-time; £8,600 part-time

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


block mode
N/A months
distance learning
N/A months
full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Dr Adrian Williams
+44 (0)1895 265599