Taught course

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

High 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in psychology, linguistics or related discipline.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Cognitive neuropsychology is a branch of cognitive psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes. It places a particular emphasis on studying the cognitive effects of brain injury and neurological illness with a view to inferring models of normal cognitive functioning. Evidence is based on case studies of individual brain damaged patients who show deficits in specific brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations between cognitive impairments. From these studies, and from studies of functional brain imaging, researchers can infer the components of the cognitive system that are responsible for our ability to remember, perceive and communicate.

Our MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology provides you with an advanced education in the core areas of cognitive neuropsychological research, plus knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology and neuropsychological research methods. It is a good foundation if you wish to proceed to a programme of further postgraduate study, such as a PhD, but also provides training in transferable skills necessary to meet the current requirements of many graduate employers.

Our Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for research and teaching, with over half of our research defined as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a ranking of thirteenth in the UK in the 2010 National Student Survey.

We provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities for study, with extensive laboratory space for experimental psychology and special facilities for visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology, with our Hearing Research Laboratory and our Visual Perception Unit. We also have our Centre for Brain Sciences, a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes. This provides a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation25 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872719