Taught course

Cognitive Neuroscience

Durham University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

2:1 in Psychology or Psychology related subject (or equivalent).

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway course at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Cognitive Neuroscience is aimed at students who are seeking to build up knowledge and practical experience of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology. Students from our course go on to pursue careers in research or research related disciplines but also careers in industry or clinical psychology.

The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University stands out because it has many practical elements, like workshops and lab placements, that allow you to experience research rather than just hearing about it. As the theoretical background to, and techniques of Cognitive Neuroscience are rarely available to students at undergraduate level, the main objective of this MSc is to provide you with detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience techniques that are most relevant right now. This wide-ranging knowledge will make you an extremely strong candidate for future research or research related positions, and will enable you to engage with broad research programmes, utilising a range of techniques.

Core modules:

  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • Techniques in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • Critical Research Practice (30 credits)
  • Statistics for Psychology and the Behavioural Sciences (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics for Psychology and the Behavioural Sciences (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Course structure

Teaching is generally organised into a number of 10 week course units involving 2 to 3 hours of lectures, seminars and practicals per week. Each 10 week unit is assessed by means of formative and summative assessments.

The summative assessment counts towards the final degree. For the course as a whole, this assessment is divided (with small variations across courses) between examinations, written assignments and dissertation.

Information for international students

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Fees and funding

UK students
£12,250.00 per year
International students
£27,500.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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