MSc Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Cognitive Psychology for Clinical Neurosciences

Unit code BIOL62112
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
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will explore theoretical developments in a wide selection of areas of cognition. It will highlight the role of behavioural experiments in establishing and testing models of cognition. The course will also focus on the contribution made by cognitive psychology to the understanding of clinical disorders in neurology and psychiatry. The differences and interaction between cognitive and clinical approaches will be emphasized with examples drawn from several areas of cognition.


Provide students with a broad grounding in current theories and methods in cognitive psychology. The course will explore detailed examples of behavioural research drawing from areas such as language, memory, attention, perception and action and will highlight their relevance to neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course unit, students will:

  • have a broad knowledge of cognitive psychology;
  • have a broad understanding of the methods used to explore cognitive models;
  • have an understanding of how cognitive psychology feeds into, and interacts with, neurology and psychiatry;
  • be able to critically explore and evaluate cognitive models and their application to clinical disorders;
  • be able to explore potential developments to current research

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered via 12 x two-hour lecture slots delivered over six weeks (Semester 2, weeks 1-6) some of which will be timetabled seminar sessions. Teaching will be complemented by the availability of slides and recommended reading.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 65%
Written assignment (inc essay) 35%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 126

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniel Cox Unit coordinator

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