Masters | Postgraduate Course - Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, PG Dip Course Details within University of York

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Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, PG Dip

Study Details

MSc/PgDip: 1 year full-time

The MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience is particularly suited to students interested in the relationship between the development of the mind and the brain. It combines theoretical and empirical grounding in the cognitive and biological mechanisms of developmental change with training of the analytical and practical skills required for undertaking research into cognitive development and its neural bases. The course provides perspectives from developmental cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology as well as hands-on training in imaging methods. Topical issues in developmental cognitive neuroscience will be covered, including the neural bases of perceiving and acting in the physical and social world and Neuroeducation.

Module details

Term 1

  • Research Design & Statistics (20 credits)
  • Basic Principles in Neuroimaging (10 credits)
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (10 credits)
  • Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (10 credits)

Term 2

  • Research Design and Analysis in Neuroimaging (30 credits)
  • Current Questions in Developmental Research (10 credits)
  • Transferable Skills (10 credits)

Term 3 and Summer

  • MSc Pathway: Empirical Project (80 credits)
  • Diploma Pathway: Literature Review (20 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (typically a 2:1 or 1st) or an equivalent qualification in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology or related disciplines.

Student Destinations

This MSc course prepares students to go on to PhDs in developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging and developmental psychology. Most others opt for research and clinical assistantships to gain further experience before undertaking a PhD or training in Clinical or Educational Psychology. In both cases, the distinctive skills they gain through the MSc are highly sought after.

Other career options include business, industry, academia and administration.