• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    One to 1.5 days a week part-time; two to three days a week full-time. Mostly half-days.

    Mix of daytime and evening teaching.

    From October

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

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

You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.

Please complete a supplementary application form in addition to the online application. This must include a statement of your proposed research, focusing on the research expertise of at least one member of our academic staff, so that we can provide adequate supervision.

Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

Application deadlines and interviews

We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

Online application

Educational Neuroscience (MSc) (Part-time)

Educational Neuroscience (MSc) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Access to world-class researchers in developmental cognitive neuroscience and educations.
  • Combines basic behavioural neuroscience and educational research to provide a better understanding of children’s learning and development.
  • Delivered in partnership with the Institute of Education - half the modules will be taught by Birkbeck and half by the Institute of Education.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, with an outstanding international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, and especially developmental cognitive neuroscience.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in developmental cognitive neuroscience, genetics, neuroimaging, education and cognitive development and learning, and to attend research seminars organised by Birkbeck, the Institute of Education and a number of other local research centres and institutes.

Course structure

To achieve the award of a Master's degree, you must achieve a minimum of 210 credits, consisting of:

  • five compulsory taught modules (four at 15 credits and one at 30 credits)
  • two optional modules (each worth 30 credits)
  • a dissertation (worth 60 credits).

For the MSc, the dissertation must report an empirical piece of research relating to neuroscience and education.

Full-time compulsory modules

Part-time compulsory modules Year 1

Part-time compulsory modules Year 2

MSc Educational Neuroscience research dissertation

Entry requirements

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.


Part-time home/EU students: £ 4625 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14800 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates go in to careers in psychology, education and policy development. Possible professions include child/youth psychologist or teacher. This degree can also be useful in becoming a special educational needs teacher, learning mentor, or youth worker.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

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.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 5th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.

Read about Birkbeck research helping to identify fundamental biological and physical structures and fight disease.

Listen to Professor Mike Oaksford in the Department of Psychological Sciences talking about researching psychology at Birkbeck and how our academics’ research impacts on society.

Further study opportunities

Many students go on to pursue a PhD.