Taught course

Computational Neuroscience, Cognition and AI

University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

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


Course content

This unique interdisciplinary course combines aspects of psychology, mathematics and computer science. It uses artificial intelligence to further the understanding of the brain.

You will learn how:

  • the brain is believed to work on the cellular, network and systems level
  • to develop mathematical models of brain function and use them in simulations
  • cognitive phenomena relate to brain activity
  • current AI algorithms are based on neuroscience findings
  • a range of experimental approaches are used to measure and analyse brain function

There will be particular focus on how:

  • memories are stored and organised in the brain
  • networks of neurons perform computations
  • visual illusions find their origins in neural circuits

Our research covers all aspects of computational study on the brain, from the changes at a single synapse through to the behaviour of large populations.

We also look the bases of learning and movement dysfunction in neural disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiries
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