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MSc Cognitive Neuroscience – University of Reading

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  • Add interdisciplinary foundations to your work in cognitive neuroscience

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience

Gain a firm grounding in interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience, as well as classical psychology and neuropsychology with options in developmental psychology and psychopathology.


As a student on this programme you will receive training in both biological and psychological aspects of cognitive neuroscience and highly transferable analytical skills such as statistics and programming.

The programme provides interdisciplinary training in cognitive and affective neuroscience, with a focus on neuroscience methods. Topics are covered in more depth, with a greater emphasis on current research.

Sample modules include:

  • Topics in cognitive neuroscience
  • Topics in affective neuroscience
  • Principles of neurobiology
  • Methods in cognition
  • Methods in neuroscience

We also offer specialist modules on neuroimaging data analysis, programming and neuropsychology provide intensive training in both methodology and content and help integrate this knowledge within a framework to understand typical and atypical brain function.

You will gain a range of transferable skills including, data analysis, empirical skills in neuroscience techniques relevant to the study of cognition and delivering presentations.


The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience can be taken as a full-time or part-time degree at the University of Reading. You will be taught by a variety of methods, including lectures, group seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions.

The school houses state-of-the-art facilities including a neuroimaging centre with fMRI, EEG and TMS facilities. As well as three NHS clinics for Speech & Language Therapy, Anxiety and Depression in Young People and Berkshire Memory and Cognition, as well as a Centre for Autism.


The programme is ideal to train you for further research and study for a doctoral programme in psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, or a related field. It is research intensive providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other transferable skills, such as programming. Our students move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well as research-based posts in industry.


Find out more about this programme including entry requirements and fees.

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