Research course

Cognitive Neuroscience

UCL - University College London · UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and some relevant research experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Researchers at the ICN examine how the human brain accomplishes perception, memory, cognition, language, consciousness and action. A leading principle is the tight integration of behavioral methods with various cutting-edge approaches to record and manipulate ongoing brain activity. Our research has strong translational implications for the treatment of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, as well as the education, across the lifespan.

The key benefit of studying cognitive neuroscience at UCL is the outstanding research environment to which students have access. This includes the many UCL Faculty who are world experts in their respective fields; the taught courses offered by these members of staff; a large number of visiting speakers and also numerous workshops, summer schools and locally organised conferences. An additional reason to study cognitive neuroscience at UCL ICN is the high quality of fellow students that come from a range of different backgrounds. This creates a stimulating research environment.

Department specialisms

Cognitive neurology Cognitive neuropsychiatry Cognitive neuropsychology Cognitive neuroscience. Areas of human cognition studied include: Attention Awareness Cognitive control Development Executive function Memory Motor control Numeracy and literacy Social perception Spatial cognition Speech communication Visual cognition Visual communication.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Funding is available from UK Research Councils, Wellcome Trust Studentships, the Brain Research Trust, ESRC studentships, teaching assistant studentships (demonstratorships), UCL graduate research scholarships.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Mairead MacSweeney
+44 (0)20 7679 1157
020 7679 3001