Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honors degree or above in psychology, neuroscience, or an aligned field such as economics, biostatistics, computer science, medicine, pharmacology, engineering, or philosophy.

Applicants from outside the field of psychology are welcome but should demonstrate (in their personal statement): their interest in cognitive neuroscience, their ability to new skill sets and complex topics, and a demonstration of how they can apply their existing skill set on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the knowledge and skills required for studying the biology of the mind.

This course prepares you for a career in research by offering:

  • lectures taught by leading cognitive neuroscientists
  • one-to-one expert supervision on your personal research project
  • hands-on experience with neuroimaging (fMRI)
  • introductions to a vast array of cognitive neuroscience techniques.

In essays, presentations and journal clubs, you explore and develop your research focus. You’ll choose the topic that interests you most for a research project. Taught modules cover a range of cognitive neuroscience fields – from philosophy of science and research methods to consciousness, addiction and social neuroscience.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to start your PhD (this course qualifies as part of the ESRC 1+3 scheme). Or you can apply your research and analysis skills in industry.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/psychology/cognitive-neuroscience-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

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
+44 (0)1273 876638