Taught course

Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging

University of Sheffield · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science or mathematical/physical science.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This course is about the relationship between brain function and mechanisms that underpin behaviour.

Computational neuroscience uses data to construct models of brain function. Cognitive neuroscience and human imaging relate function to its underlying neural substrate.

The course includes a long research project which gives you the chance to carry out an in-depth imaging study. The computational and analytical skills you’ll learn are great preparation for a PhD.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

For the taught component of the course, students choose one of two options: either a pathway focused on mathematics, computational neuroscience and MR-physics or a pathway focused on ethics, clinical neurology, neuroradiology and neuroanatomy, which includes a practical human brain dissection course.

Core modules


  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience;
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models
  • Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills
  • Brain Imaging and its Physical Foundations
  • Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry



  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Ethics and Public Awareness of Science
  • Neuroanatomy and Neuroradiology
  • Brain Imaging and Clinical Neurology
  • Applied Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology and Psychiatry


Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.


There are examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.


The course is designed to prepare you for a PhD, but your experience could land you a job in the private sector as a lab technician or a developer.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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