Our course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of theoretical issues and methodologies employed within the field of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology.
You will learn about the relationship between mind and brain, and the strengths and limitations of the various techniques currently available to investigate this central issue in psychology (e.g., functional and structural neuroimaging (MRI and PET), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and neuropsychological approaches).
This course will:
* provide you with comprehension of the basic principles of research design and strategy within the field of cognitive neuroscience, including an understanding of how to formulate researchable problems and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research
* give you competence in understanding a range of research methodologies and tools, including structural and functional neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG) and neuropsychological assessment
* give you a comprehensive understanding of current theoretical issues in cognitive neuroscience and the ways in which different methodologies are employed to address them
* provide you with the skills necessary for managing research, including the process of research and its dissemination in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics
* develop your understanding of the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design, and the selection of appropriate analytical techniques
* prepare you for careers in research, research methods, and provide you with a wide range of transferable skills.
* Imaging and Diagnostics in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
* Current Theoretical Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience (30 credits)
* Issues in Psychological Research (30 credits)
* Quantitative Research Methods (30 credits)
* Dissertation (60 credits)
On successful completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
* current methodological approaches within the field of cognitive neuroscience
* current theoretical issues in cognitive neuroscience
* the context (at the national and international levels) in which research takes place
* issues relating to the rights of other researchers, research subjects, and of others who might be affected by the research (e.g., ethical and legal issues, confidentiality, copyright, malpractice)
* good research practice in psychology and the brain sciences
* the relevant health and safety issues and responsible working practices
* the processes for funding and evaluation of research
* the process of academic and commercial exploitation of research results
* the scientific basis of the discipline of cognitive neuroscience: its philosophical, historical, and epistemological context
* the relationship between hypotheses, research design, data collection, interpretation, and theory
* a range of quantitative research methods and general statistical techniques.
A broad range of assessment methods will be used to measure every aspect of your understanding and skilled application of the relevant techniques. These will include essays, portfolios, exams, computer based processing of brain imaging data, statistical data analysis and a final dissertation module worth one-third of the total course assessment.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.