MRes Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Research in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN63172
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will guide you through methodological, experimental, practical and ethical issues encountered in cutting-edge neuropsychological and clinical neuroscience research. You will learn about neuroimaging and other neuroscience techniques in a module that combines a basic-science perspective with a number of clinical case-study perspectives. You will examine how theories of cognitive neuroscience can be informed by evidence from converging neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings and explore how they are applied in healthcare settings.



  • To give you a critical appreciation of neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience methods, and the ability to assess the advantages and limitations of each method.
  • To be able to select and justify a choice of methods appropriate to a specified research question.
  • To deepen your understanding of the range of experimental, practical and ethical issues associated with working with clinical populations and user groups.
  • To understand how to address specific experimental, practical and ethical issues in the design of clinical neuroscience research.


Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of neuropsychological assessment
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of neuroimaging and complementary neuroscience techniques
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of, and ability to evaluate, the relative strengths of different methods in the context of clinical research
  • Select and optimise, and justify appropriate research methods for research on a clinical population of choice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to address, the experimental, practical and ethical issues associated with working with clinical populations and user groups.


Teaching and learning methods

Semester 2, weekly 2-hour seminars, with practical worked examples in class and concluding summary lecture.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Report 50%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

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