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Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging (MSc)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

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Cognitive neuroscience is the 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 psychology, medicine, and computer sciences. This program is suitable for psychology graduates, professionals, and medical technicians interested in understanding how, with the aid of advanced neuroimaging techniques, both our mind and brain function. The programme is organized around a core that integrates a course in cognitive neuroscience along with cutting-edge developments in neuroimaging, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG). Students with a keen interest in the topic will be engaged in research programs from the staff that use different technologies (EEG, biofeedback, and the eye tracker). 

Why chose Liverpool Hope?

  • The teaching is research-led. We have staff who have published with neuroimaging technique and are currently active in the field
  • We have a wide range of technologies readily available for the students to engage in high level research
  • Key knowledge in advanced technologies will be provided
  • Practical training with actual data obtained by various technologies(fMRI, EEG) will be provided
  • Hands-on training on how to use specialist software to detect patterns in human behaviour will be ensured
  • Students will carry out their research project using one of the technologies available in our labs.

 For more information, download the Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging MSc Leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

The course consists of four taught modules and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework including essays, oral presentations, case studies, poster presentations, field research, etc. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class per week; these sessions are supported by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

  • Cognitive Neuroscience - This module provides advanced knowledge in Neuroanatomy and functional Neuroanatomy in a wide range of cognitive functions (memory, attention, emotions) including developmental and clinical studies.
  • Neuroimaging - You will learn how to design experiment, analyse and interpret data with several different neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG, and TMS).
  • Research Methods and Statistics

1. It is common in neuroscience to analyse behavioural data as well. This module will introduce applicants to a wide range of mathematical and clinical techniques.

2. Advanced statistical techniques to understand behavioural patterns so as to establish links to neural activity.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in science.  Relevant subjects would include primarily Psychology and Health Sciences. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include Computer Sciences, Medicine or Nursing. You should have a keen interest in the subject, and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

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

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 including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section. 

Teaching & Research

The Department of Psychology hosts seven different labs including three computer labs with 20 computers in each lab.

  • Cognitive lab: The lab includes six booths available for computer based experiments
  • Colour Vision lab: The lab has been build up with modern equipment for measuring colour sensitivity including ViSaGe (Cambridge Research Systems Ltd.)
  • EEG lab: The lab houses a 64-channel EEG system with active electrodes (BioSemi)
  • Eye-tracker lab: The Department purchased the EyeLink 1000/2000 system
  • Cognition and Emotion lab: The lab is equipped with the FlexCompInfiniti system (Bio-Medical Instruments Inc.)
  • Observation lab: The lab consists of two rooms - the observation room itself and the monitor room which houses the recording equipment.

Nine members of staff are part of the Cognitive and/or Biopsychological Research Groups and will supervise research in their expertise area (e.g., perception, memory, emotions, clinical studies, motor activity, ageing). In addition, a technician will support the students in developing the software necessary to implement their experimental designs and assist them in organising data collection.

Employability

Graduates will have developed scientific and analytical skills which are highly valued in psychology and related disciplines. These skills are also transferable to a range of other careers, including neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and medically related professions. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research studies at the PhD level.

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

Cognitive neuroscience is the 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 psychology, medicine, and computer sciences. This program is suitable for psychology graduates, professionals, and medical technicians interested in understanding how, with the aid of advanced neuroimaging techniques, both our mind and brain function. The programme is organized around a core that integrates a course in cognitive neuroscience along with cutting-edge developments in neuroimaging, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electroencephalography (EEG). Students with a keen interest in the topic will be engaged in research programs from the staff that use different technologies (EEG, biofeedback, and the eye tracker). 

Why chose Liverpool Hope?

  • The teaching is research-led. We have staff who have published with neuroimaging technique and are currently active in the field
  • We have a wide range of technologies readily available for the students to engage in high level research
  • Key knowledge in advanced technologies will be provided
  • Practical training with actual data obtained by various technologies(fMRI, EEG) will be provided
  • Hands-on training on how to use specialist software to detect patterns in human behaviour will be ensured
  • Students will carry out their research project using one of the technologies available in our labs.

 For more information, download the Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging MSc Leaflet

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international

Curriculum

The course consists of four taught modules and a research dissertation. Assessment is through coursework including essays, oral presentations, case studies, poster presentations, field research, etc. Full-time students normally attend two intensive classes each week, part-time students attend one class per week; these sessions are supported by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

  • Cognitive Neuroscience - This module provides advanced knowledge in Neuroanatomy and functional Neuroanatomy in a wide range of cognitive functions (memory, attention, emotions) including developmental and clinical studies.
  • Neuroimaging - You will learn how to design experiment, analyse and interpret data with several different neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG, and TMS).
  • Research Methods and Statistics

1. It is common in neuroscience to analyse behavioural data as well. This module will introduce applicants to a wide range of mathematical and clinical techniques.

2. Advanced statistical techniques to understand behavioural patterns so as to establish links to neural activity.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in science.  Relevant subjects would include primarily Psychology and Health Sciences. Other backgrounds which might be appropriate include Computer Sciences, Medicine or Nursing. You should have a keen interest in the subject, and a willingness to engage in wide reading around the topic areas.

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

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 including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section. 

Teaching & Research

The Department of Psychology hosts seven different labs including three computer labs with 20 computers in each lab.

  • Cognitive lab: The lab includes six booths available for computer based experiments
  • Colour Vision lab: The lab has been build up with modern equipment for measuring colour sensitivity including ViSaGe (Cambridge Research Systems Ltd.)
  • EEG lab: The lab houses a 64-channel EEG system with active electrodes (BioSemi)
  • Eye-tracker lab: The Department purchased the EyeLink 1000/2000 system
  • Cognition and Emotion lab: The lab is equipped with the FlexCompInfiniti system (Bio-Medical Instruments Inc.)
  • Observation lab: The lab consists of two rooms - the observation room itself and the monitor room which houses the recording equipment.

Nine members of staff are part of the Cognitive and/or Biopsychological Research Groups and will supervise research in their expertise area (e.g., perception, memory, emotions, clinical studies, motor activity, ageing). In addition, a technician will support the students in developing the software necessary to implement their experimental designs and assist them in organising data collection.

Employability

Graduates will have developed scientific and analytical skills which are highly valued in psychology and related disciplines. These skills are also transferable to a range of other careers, including neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and medically related professions. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research studies at the PhD level.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr Philippe Chassy

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3508 

e: chassyp@hope.ac.uk

Department: Psychology

Start date: September

How to Apply