Functional Neuroimaging (MRes)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two days a week full-time or one day a week part-time, October to September

This Master's degree provides in-depth and hands-on research experience in a chosen area of psychologically relevant functional neuroimaging. It covers:

  • the critical appreciation of existing research and research methods
  • the practice of running a neuroimaging study
  • designing, managing and reporting on an extended research project
  • subject-specific IT skills.

The programme is designed for graduates from psychology, neuroscience, medical imaging or related disciplines who have prior research skills training and who seek to complete a specific, well-defined research project. If you would like to carry out research in any area of psychologically relevant functional neuroimaging, either at PhD level or in the private sector, this degree will prepare you with a range of appropriate research skills and practical experience.

The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding world-class research tradition in functional neuroimaging.

This programme combines Birkbeck’s strengths in cognitive neuroscience with children and adults, in both typical and atypical populations. You will get extensive hands-on training in one of several neuroimaging methods available within the Department, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), electrophysiological measure (EEG, ERP, ERO), Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). You will also have the opportunity to attend research seminars organised by the Department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.

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  • Taught by members of world-renowned research groups at the Department of Psychological Sciences.
  • Offers hands-on training in cutting-edge behavioural and imaging neuroscience techniques.
  • Exposure to neuroimaging set-ups specifically designed for studying development.
  • 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 functional neuroimaging, and attend research seminars organised by the department 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

You take four modules and write a supervised extended research dissertation.

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