This Master's degree provides experience of both in-depth theory and hands-on research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience. It covers:
- the critical appreciation of existing research and research methods
- running a neuroimaging study
- the biological basis of learning and development in children and its implications for the classroom
- the relation between genes, brain and cognitive development
- managing and reporting on an extended research project
- subject-specific IT skills.
If you would like to carry out research in the emerging area of educational neuroscience or any area of developmental psychology, education or developmental cognitive neuroscience, either at PhD level or in the private sector, then the MSc will prepare you with a range of appropriate research skills and practical experience.
This programme is delivered jointly with the Institute of Education. It leads to a joint award from the Institute of Education's Department of Psychology and Human Development and Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences, and is taught across the two adjacent sites.
Read about the Institute of Education contributing modules.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
Educational Neuroscience (MSc) (Part-time)
Educational Neuroscience (MSc) (Full-time)
Good degree - 2:1 or above - in psychology, education, social science, cognitive science, speech/communication science, neuroscience or related disciplines.
Relevant practical and professional experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Teaching and assessment
A combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, independent study and project supervision.
Six essays or equivalent written work of 2000-2500 words; statistics worksheets; one research presentation; one project dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.