2 years part-time or 1 year full-time
1-2 days a week part-time or 2-3 days a week full-time, plus some evening teaching
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.
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.
- Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 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.
- Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked 5th in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality.
- ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
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
- Advanced Quantitative Methods
- Development Cognitive Neuroscience
- Genetics of Development
- Issues in Educational Neuroscience
- Neuroimaging Methods
Part-time compulsory modules Year 1
Part-time compulsory modules Year 2
MSc Educational Neuroscience research dissertation
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-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
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Please complete a 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.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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