Research course

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a related subject relevant to the chosen research area.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The cognition subgroup explores core and applied areas of cognitive psychology such as attention, eye movements, memory, and language. Our research explores how human performance changes with experience, using eye-tracking methodologies to record differences. Examples include the difference between experienced and less experienced readers, first and second language users, and differences between novice and experienced car drivers. Our work on memory investigates the influence of emotional and threatening material upon recall and recognition. We are also using eye-tracking to investigate the cognitive processes that are used to comprehend combinations of text and graphics (eg advertisements, photograph captions in newspapers, and figure captions in textbooks.

Our research in cognitive neuroscience focuses on two main areas, perception and action, and vision. Within perception and action we are particularly interested in understanding the psychological and brain mechanisms through which sensory information is bound together and used to plan and control human action. We are also interested in the recovery of function after brain injury. Our research in vision ranges from traditional visual psychophysics to computational modelling, electrophysiology and brain scanning. The School of Psychology is particularly well resourced to carry out research in cognitive neuroscience, with facilities for electrophysiology, structural and functional brain imaging (MRI and fMRI), dense-sensor EEG recording in both human adults and infants, transcranial magnetic stimulation studies, and numerous systems for tracking eye, hand, and body movements online.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Psychology web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Applications
+44 (0)115 951 5361