Learn how to use clinical cognitive neuroscience in a range of contexts with both healthy and neuropathological groups, such as individuals with head injuries or Parkinson’s disease. As well as developing an academic understanding of the subject, you learn practitioner skills, including how to use electroencephalographic (EEG) and eye tracker machines, as well as analyse magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. You also have the opportunity of training on various neuropsychological testing techniques with professional clinical neuropsychologists, as well as undertaking discipline specific employability sessions.
Gain both theoretical and applied knowledge of clinical cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience combines techniques and skills including psychometric testing, electroencephalography (EEG), eye tracking and imaging techniques – for application to neuropathological and healthy groups in clinical, academic or biomedical settings. Various neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive and perceptual functions with demonstration of practical recordings, as well as psychology experimental software are taught on the course.
This course is ideal if you
• are a graduate with an applied or pure science degree including psychology, biosciences and nursing, and want to pursue a research, clinical or biomedical career in neuroscience
• work in a related area and wish to formalise and develop your skills, knowledge and expertise as part of continuing professional development
• want to open alternative career pathways
• are an EU or international student with the appropriate background and qualifications.
The course gives you the knowledge and skills to evaluate cognitive and brain function and dysfunction in healthy and neuropathological groups. You learn to understand the important ethical issues involved in neuroscientific research targeted at various age groups and people with range of cognitive abilities, as well as developmental disorders.
You have an opportunity to learn psychophysiological recording techniques, including electrocardiogram (ECG), Skin Conductance (SC), performance speed and accuracy, as well as perceptual mechanisms using Eprime, Martlab and other specialist software.
We also build your research skills enabling you to work as an independent researcher in this area. You have the opportunity to attend workshops run by experts from relevant professions and fields of work. Examples include private clinical consultants, NHS neuropsychologist, teaching staff from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Sheffield and alumni from our course working in academia and the private sector.
Our specialist learning resources include psychometric measures for assessing cognitive function and 3D model brains for understanding neuroanatomy. You learn to use specialist equipment including • EEG • transcranial magnetic stimulation • analysis of Biopack • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data • visuo-psychophysics equipment.
Some lectures are taught by guest tutors including clinical psychologists and neuroimaging experts.
You are automatically affiliated with our Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Research Group, which
• delivers targeted neuroscience workshops
• organises subject specific presentations
• has regular research meetings
• has strong collaborative links with other institutions.
2017 entry requirements
Typically you need one from
• a second class honours degree or above in psychology
• a relevant undergraduate degree from a non-psychological background such as biosciences or a healthcare related subject
• appropriate practical or work-based experience
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically one day per week for two years
Typical modules may include
To graduate with an MSc you complete the following modules
Neuron to neuropathology
Cognitive neuroscience methods
Perception and cognition across the lifespan
This course gives you the skills to work in both academic and clinical settings with healthy population and diverse neuropathological groups.
Graduates have the skills and knowledge to work in roles involved in assessing and evaluating cognitive function and dysfunction in healthy ageing across the lifespan and patient groups including people with Parkinson’s disease, head injury, dementia, and other neuropathological conditions.
During the course you benefit from employability sessions, where our alumni currently working in academia or industry, clinical psychologists and professionals from private research companies discuss possible career choices.
You may find roles in academic and clinical contexts using methods of neuroscience such as • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) • electroencephalogram (EEG) • transcranial magnetic stimulation • eye tracking techniques • visual psychophysics.
You can also complete further cognitive neuroscience postgraduate academic work.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 for the course
Part-time – typically £4,200 in year 1, £2,100 in year 2
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the course
Part-time – typically £4,270 in year 1 and £2,135 in year 2 (subject to inflation)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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