Taught course

Computational Neuroscience, Cognition and AI

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A 2:1 (or international equivalent).

A 2:2 (or international equivalent) may be considered provided the applicant has at least one year of relevant work experience or another supporting factor; for quantitatively minded students with a background in psychology, neuroscience, or biosciences as well as those with training in physics, engineering, mathematics, or computer science; no specific biology or computer knowledge required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

  • An interdisciplinary course that uniquely combines aspects of psychology, mathematics and computer science
  • Computational Neuroscience aims to better understand brain function, develop better analysis tools for neural data and inspire artificial intelligence algorithms

Recent developments

A number of developments make this course particularly relevant:

  • Recent successes in machine learning are based on analogies with animal brains, i.e. artificial neural networks; these successes have put the analysis of brain computation at the forefront once more
  • In particular study of the biological brain is being considered as a way to resolve some outstanding issues in AI, such as learning with a limited number of samples, generalisation, and the development of explainable AI
  • The study of the brain is currently undergoing a revolution as computational models are becoming powerful and accurate enough to complement experimental approaches
  • Revolutions in experimental recording methods necessitate the use of advanced analysis methods to deal with the enormous volume of data that these methods can produce

You will learn:

  • How the brain is believed to work on the cellular, network and systems level
  • How to develop mathematical models of brain function and how to implement them in simulations
  • How cognitive phenomena are related to brain activity
  • Current AI algorithms and how they are based on neuroscience findings
  • An inventory of experimental approaches to measure and analyse brain function

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate enquiries
Email
postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 5559