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MRes Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Research
Duration
1 Year Full Time
Entry requirements
We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in cognitive neuroscience or psychology, including competent research methods and statistical knowledge, and evidence of a research project/dissertation. A degree in which cognitive neuroscience or psychology forms a major component may be acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please note this course is now closed for 2021 entry.   

Please apply via our online application form. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes Y N N N

Course overview

  • Prepare for a successful career in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology research in academia or industry.
  • Receive comprehensive training in critical thinking and experimental methods.
  • Practise research skills in a major project tailored to your interests, supervised by experts in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and neuropsychology.
  • Gain hands-on experience of specialist laboratories and equipment.
  • This course can form the first year of Research Council-funded 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th for psychology research in the UK (REF 2014).

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £8,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies. All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Admissions team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/psychology
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in cognitive neuroscience or psychology, including competent research methods and statistical knowledge, and evidence of a research project/dissertation. A degree in which cognitive neuroscience or psychology forms a major component may be acceptable.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found on the GOV.UK website ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: minimum 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 or above in the remaining components)
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based (with 25 in writing and 22 or above in the remaining components)

See further information about requirements for your country.

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course, if your current IELTS scores are: 

  • Minimum 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country.

Other entry requirements

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please note this course is now closed for 2021 entry.   

Please apply via our online application form. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English. 
  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us. 
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).

Personal statements and CVs will not be considered as part of the application process. We may ask for additional information in some cases. Each case will be judged on an individual basis.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history, including which undergraduate course units you have taken and the marks obtained. When application numbers are high, we will also take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate course units in our final decision making, even if you have met our minimum entry requirements.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MRes Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology course will prepare you for a successful research career in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology.

You will undertake a year-long research project, supported by taught units for comprehensive research skills training.

The major advantage of this course is that you will put the acquired research skills into practice by working with experts in the field for the entire year.

Our supervisors have a wide range of expertise and we will ensure your research project is always tailored towards your research interest. View a list of project examples (PDF, 390KB) and our research.   

Through the taught units, you will receive a strong grounding in the theoretical understanding and practical experience of key research paradigms, research designs and statistical techniques used in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuropsychology.

You will also develop transferable skills training for careers outside academia, including data science skills, science communication, and patient, public and business engagement.

We have a long tradition of producing internationally renowned research and high-quality research training. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework audit (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), we were ranked 7th for output and 8th overall in the UK by research power and were rated 100% world-leading in research environment.

Our MRes course is endorsed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and constitutes the first year of ESRC 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships awarded through the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training College for full-time, part-time and CASE students.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching is delivered using a combination of lecture-seminars, workshops and problem-based learning exercises in small groups, allowing for individual support and feedback.

You will receive substantial research training through hands-on learning by designing, running and analysing studies in close coordination with supervisors.

You are encouraged to participate in research seminars, meetings and workshops within our active and vibrant research community.

If needed, you also have the opportunity to supplement your training with research and career management skills courses provided by the University's Careers Service, a teaching assistant/demonstrators course, and language courses provided by the University's Language Centre.

Key academic staff  

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by examination, continuous assessment in the form of essays, practical reports and exercises, presentations, skills portfolio and a final dissertation for your research project.

Course unit details

Full-time MRes students take six taught course units. Typical taught course units include:

  • Contemporary Research Skills
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Advanced Data Skills, Open Science and Reproducibility
  • Mixed Models, Hackathon and Bayesian Statistics Workshop
  • Research in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Social Neuroscience (MRes)

You will work collaboratively with your supervisor(s) to produce a high-quality dissertation using qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods. Dissertation work is supported by taught sessions including topics such as literature review, experimental design, critical thinking and data analysis skills.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Data Skills, Open Science and Reproducibility BIOL63101 15 Mandatory
Mixed Models, Hackathon and Bayesian Statistics Workshop BIOL63112 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods BIOL63131 15 Mandatory
Contemporary Research Skills BIOL63151 15 Mandatory
Dissertation BIOL63160 90 Mandatory
Research in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience BIOL63172 15 Mandatory
Cognitive and Social Neuroscience BIOL63182 15 Mandatory

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course is designed primarily for students wishing to pursue research careers in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. It is also likely to be attractive if you wish to extend your training, with an emphasis on research methods, and if you work in social or health services, or in marketing and related disciplines. Past careers and destinations of our MRes students have included:

  • PhD Researcher
  • Graduate Market Researcher
  • Psychology Assistant
  • Independent Mental Health Advocate
  • Research Assistant
  • NHS Financial Management Graduate Scheme
  • Human Resources
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate
  • Technical Analyst at NICE
  • Data Scientist in the Tech Industry
  • Project Manager in Medical Electronics
  • Graduate Researcher