MSc Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Taught at
    Swansea University's main campus

Course Overview

This Masters degree aims to equip students with the skills necessary for research careers across a range of scientific areas.

Key Features

Performance:

  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
  • Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide)
  • Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)
  • The MSc Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is unique and novel in the range of modules and techniques the programme offers

Teaching and Employability:

  • Teaching is carried out by highly-respected, research active, professionals conducting research across a range of cognitive neuroscience research areas and publishing in top international journals
  • Students benefit from state-of-the-art technology with over twenty general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Ability to offer international students mentoring throughout the course

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
OR
MSc Cog Neuro pt y1 

Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 50 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PS-M09Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
PS-M11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Generic Research Skills
PS-M12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computing Skills
PS-M15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Special Research Skills
PS-M16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Statistical Methods
PS-M60Academic Year30Practical Applications in Cognitive Neuroscience
AND
MSc Cog Neuro pt y1 optional 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following optional modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM00Academic Year10Psychology of Ageing
PS-M50Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Neuropsychology
PS-M55Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Research Programming

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
OR
MSc Cog Neuro pt y2 

Choose Exactly 50 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 50 credits from the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PS-M09Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
PS-M11Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Generic Research Skills
PS-M12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computing Skills
PS-M15Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Special Research Skills
PS-M16Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Statistical Methods
PS-M60Academic Year30Practical Applications in Cognitive Neuroscience
AND
MSc Cog Neuro pt y2 optional 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following optional modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM00Academic Year10Psychology of Ageing
PS-M50Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Neuropsychology
PS-M55Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Research Programming

Description

Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is at the intersection of cognitive science, brain imaging, and clinical neuroscience.

It is considered one of the most significant areas of contemporary science and it is beginning to transform the understanding of both normal and damaged brain function. 

The importance of cognitive neuroscience has been recognised by the Welsh Government which created the multi-centre Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, drawing together the psychology departments at Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor Universities.

A core aspect of the provision for MSc Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience will also be collaboration with the College of Medicine at Swansea University.

Entry Requirements

  • a minimum of a UK 2.2 degree in Psychology, or a related discipline
  • a range of qualifications from international applicants are considered
  • non-first language English speakers are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should click www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply for more information.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,900 £14,200
MSc Part-time £3,000 £7,100

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • personal copies of core texts (loan copies are available in the University library)
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations
  • some research projects require a Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The full-time masters degree for Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience is studied over one year and involves attending University for two full days a week (Monday and Tuesday).

The part-time degree, which is studied over two years, normally involves attending the University for one full day a week.

Taught modules are provided in the first two semesters, with a final high credit-bearing empirical research project with a strong cognitive neuroscience component typically undertaken over the summer.

Sessions may be arranged occasionally on other days of the week (e.g. visiting clinician talks/workshops and employability sessions). 

 

Assessment

Course modules are assessed using a range of different approaches, including written examinations, essays, poster presentations and portfolios.

Students will also complete 4 research projects, which include both team and individual-based work, supervised by and working collaboratively with, a member of staff with expertise in their chosen field of research.

Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • anyone looking for a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training
  • anyone looking to demonstrate their employability across a range of disciplines within cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including psychology, computing, neuroscience, medicine and computer science
  • UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as researchers in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related fields.
  • psychology graduates aiming to secure a PhD by research in a psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related discipline
  • graduates from other disciplines such as Biology, Neuroscience, and Medicine who wish to develop further skills related to psychology and cognitive neuroscience

Staff Expertise

Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Find out more about the Psychology team  at Swansea.

Career Prospects

Students have successfully used this qualification to gain positions on PhD research programmes. Others have successfully gained employment as Research Associates/ Officers, as well as working in Teaching positions, the Business Sector and in Administration.

On completion of the course students should also be able to demonstrate their employability across a range of disciplines within cognitive neuroscience and related fields, including psychology, computing, neuroscience, medicine and computer science.

 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.