Skip to main content

Cognition and Neuroscience MSc

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

30

About the course

The Cognition and Neuroscience MSc allows graduates to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise bridging cognitive psychology and neuroscience. You will gain hands-on practical experience with specialist equipment to explore the neural basis of cognition while developing your expertise in preparing and analysing behavioural and neuroscientific data.

  • It provides the opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment such as eye tracking, electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
  • You will explore how cognition and neuroscience can be applied to solving health-related problems such as understanding and treating addiction, mental health, or cognitive difficulties following stroke or head injury.
  • It will assist you in developing an understanding of contemporary issues and new developments in cognitive science and neuroscience, for example by employing computational modelling methods and using large open-access datasets.
  • The course has a strong focus on developing you as an active researcher and is ideal preparation for moving on to pursue doctoral-level study. A specialist module on professional and practical skills will cover invaluable topics such as grant writing, open science, peer review and more.

The course is provided by academics in the Centre for Cognition and Neuroscience, an active and expanding research centre in the Department of Psychology with a lively postgraduate research community. Members of the centre conduct research a wide range of subject areas including face recognition, numerical cognition, environmental psychology, visual neuroscience, language, addiction, memory, spatial cognition and decision making.

Course detail

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, tutorials, independent study and lectures. Student-centred learning is used where appropriate.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Core modules

HMY4008 - Understanding Human Behaviour Through Neuroscience HMY4011 - Cognitive Science HMY4012 - Current Methods in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology HMY4010 - Professional Skills in Research HMY4009 - Advanced Data Analysis and Interpretation HMY4013 - Research Project

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:1) in Psychology or a related discipline.
  • A knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics at undergraduate level.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you will find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you will soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, course progression, suspension and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff and signposting to other support networks.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps Human and Health Sciences students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace learning system, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing and using modules., and with Pebblepad platform, which is used for students who go out on placements.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.