Taught course

Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in psychology, neuroscience or a closely related subject such as neuroscience

Months of entry


Course content

Cognitive neuroscience is an exciting and rapidly developing field of research that straddles the traditional disciplines of psychology and biology. It has been referred to as the ‘biology of the mind’ as it seeks to provide brain-based accounts of cognitive functions such as perception, memory, emotion, language and thought.

This course offers a number of unique modules reflecting the Sussex research expertise in the neuroscience of consciousness and social neuroscience. It is our aim to offer handson experience of the methods of cognitive neuroscience, including fMRI, in addition to providing a solid foundation in contemporary theories to prepare you for a potential career in research.


The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that will enable you to gain knowledge and skills in key areas of cognitive neuroscience, including:

  • four subject-specific modules (60 credits), two in the autumn term and two in the spring term, covering topics such as the neuroscience of consciousness and social neuroscience
  • four modules in research methods and data analysis (60 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research approaches used in this field, including specialist techniques in brain imaging and a range of quantitative methods
  • a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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