Educational Neuroscience (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two to three days/evenings a week full-time or one day/evening a week part-time

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.

The MA is ideal for teachers, educational psychologists and policy-makers who wish to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary education and neuroscience that can inform their continuing practice.

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.

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  • 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 fifth 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 fifth 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.
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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 MA, the dissertation consists of an extended critical review relating to a relevant area of research.

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