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Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Cognitive neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural functions to the underlying brain systems. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct rigorous computational models of brain function. Put them together and these new disciplines are the key to explaining the relationship between brain and behaviour.

You'll develop a broad and critical understanding of these two fields, along with an appreciation of different approaches to understanding brain function. Your range of computational and analytical skills, and an ability to generate and test hypotheses, will give you an excellent foundation for further research.

The course takes students from both life sciences and the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.

Entry requirements

MSc: A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science or mathematical/physical science. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and 6.0 in the other components, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules: fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience; fundamentals of neuroscience; computational neuroscience 1: biologically grounded models; mathematical modelling and research skills; computational neuroscience 2: theoretical models; brain imaging and its physical foundations.

Assessment methods

Examinations at the end of semesters 1 and 2, and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.

Sponsorship information

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Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 8,000 (Year 1) England 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 21,450 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 8,000 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 8,000 (Year 1) Scotland 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 8,000 (Year 1) Wales 1 1 Years

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