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Experience teaching by world-class researchers in neuroscience, cognition and developmental science

Our department ranks among the top five psychology departments in the UK for research excellence. Committed to pushing the boundaries in our understanding of the brain, research in the department primarily focuses on neuroscience, cognition, developmental science – and the links between them.

Students on our BSc Psychology and BA Psychology for Education programmes have access to leading researchers in these areas through teaching on the programme; supervision during their final year independent projects; seminar programmes within the department; and the personal tutor system. For example, scientists from the world leading Birkbeck Babylab deliver lectures on child development in the first year of our BSc programme, and present their cutting edge research in our final year option module Brain and Cognitive Development.

Prize-winning scientists from the cognitive neurosciences deliver our lectures on the core course Perception, Attention and Performance, and on our popular option module Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Internationally recognised geneticists deliver our final year option module in Genetics and Psychology.

Researchers and our Master's programmes

We also offer a wide range of cross-cutting Master's programmes in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, research methods, developmental science and computational cognition for graduates of psychology and other disciplines. These programs build on the research strengths of our department and are taught by researchers in neuroimaging, computational sciences, developmental psychology and educational neuroscience. Our masters programmes give you access to the latest thinking and developments in these specialised fields and equip you with practical research knowledge and skills.

For their Master's dissertation all students are supervised by a member of our research active academic staff: MSc students are able to perform research first-hand under supervision, while MA students write a literature review and a research proposal on a topic related to their programme. Find out  more about our research.