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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: January & October
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


Cognitive Neuroscience is a state-of-the-art discipline for both scientists and practitioners interested in the link between brain and mind. Watching and monitoring the activity of the brain while it is processing information provides an incredible window into our human nature. It bridges the gap between several connected disciplines such as cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, medicine, and computer science.

Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging is suitable for psychology graduates, professionals, and medical technicians interested in understanding the fundamental functions of the human brain and mind. The aim of this programme is to provide a bridge between undergraduate studies and PhD research in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, imaging methods or clinical neuropsychology.

The programme emphasizes the theoretical and practical aspects of neuroimaging, and prepares students to work with cutting-edge developments in neuroimaging, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Students will complete a research project using these techniques, supervised by staff who use these technologies in their ongoing research.

The course has been developed around training and research in the experimental and analytical methods of cognitive neuroscience. Through our specialist modules, students will learn how to design neuroimaging experiments, analyse neuroimaging data, and be able to evaluate how such experiments contribute to our understanding of the brain mechanisms underpinning human cognition and behaviour.

Curriculum Overview

The Programme offers five modules:

Cognitive Neuroscience: The module will equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Students will learn the neural substrates of key cognitive functions including memory, emotions, social cognition, and development of language. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one sub-field of their choice as they prepare to undertake a research project with a neuroimaging technique.

The Neuroimaging module offers a unique opportunity to understand how advanced technologies contribute to our understanding of the brain. Students will learn how data from a variety of neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, fNIRS, and TMS) and other techniques (e.g., eye tracking, skin conductance) are acquired, explore what they can tell us about the brain and cognition, and learn how to use software to analyse data from these technologies.

Exploring Psychology in Practice 1 covers a broad range of statistical methods used in cognitive neuroscience, including regression, effect sizes, statistical power analyses, ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANCOVA.

Exploring Psychology in Practice 2 builds on Exploring Psychology in Practice 1 and includes advanced methods of analysis used in cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and cognitive psychology.

Empirical Project (Dissertation). Students will work on a self-designed project, collect and analyse data, and write a report in the format of a journal article. The dissertation project will be performed using one of the available neuroimaging techniques.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in science. Relevant subjects would include Psychology, Medical Science, Computer Science, Nursing, Teaching. You should have a keen interest in the subject of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, and a willingness to engage in studying around the topic areas.


Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals, tutorials, and research projects. It includes hands-on experience with the software used for analysing neuroimaging data, critical analysis of published scientific articles, and group discussions. Working in small groups provides our students with the opportunity for tutorial-type learning.

Our lecturers are specialists in their field, and experts in working with the various neuroimaging techniques. The empirical work for this course is supported by the state-of-the-art facilities at Liverpool Hope University including:

  • The Cognitive Lab, which is equipped with the latest software for running computer-based experiments
  • The EEG lab, which contains a 64-channel Biosemi EEG system
  • The Neuroimaging lab with powerful computers and state-of-the art software, including MATLAB, for neuroimaging data analysis and visualization;
  • The Colour Vision lab, with equipment for measuring colour sensitivity including ViSaGe (Cambridge Research Systems Ltd.);
  • The Eye-tracking lab, containing the EyeLink 1000/2000 system.

We provide additional technical support for these dedicated facilities.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


Over half of our graduates go on to PhDs in neuroimaging, psychology, neuropsychology, clinical psychology, or cognitive neuroscience.

Most others opt for research and clinical assistantships to gain further experience before undertaking a PhD or training in clinical psychology.

Alongside discipline-specific knowledge and skills, the programme develops key transferable skills which will enhance your standing with many types of employer.