Taught course

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Durham University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is aimed at students who are seeking to build on their undergraduate qualifications to develop a career in research or related disciplines while building their project management skills and knowledge of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition, the programme is aimed at those from closely related science backgrounds to build up a knowledge and practical experience of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience before embarking on a psychology related career. Students on this course typically go on to pursue careers in research or in clinical psychology.

The programme is aimed at providing advanced research training for students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of research, child development and child health, brain function and cognitive neuroscience methodologies. The Department of Psychology at Durham University has particular strengths in these areas, with teaching reflecting the breadth of knowledge within the department.

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 one formative assignment and one summative assessment. The summative assessment counts towards the final degree. For the programme as a whole, this assessment is divided (with small variations across programmes) in equal proportions between examinations (33.3%), written assignments (33.3%) and dissertation (33.3%).

Core Modules
  • Research Practice (15 credits)
  • Critical Analysis (15 credits)
  • Applied Statistics (30 credits)
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Choose one module from:
  • Current Issues in Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology (30 credits)
  • Current Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience(30 credits).

Information for international students

English Language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or above in all components (with no component under 6.5) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Psychology
(0) 191 334 3273