Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)

Swansea University

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About Research Methods in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Swansea University


  • 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

Course Overview

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

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.

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). 



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 to this course

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

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Notes about fees for this course

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.

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