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Aston University: Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Institution Aston University View institution profile
Department School of Life and Health Sciences
Study type Taught


Gain specialist training and transferable research skills with our specialised MSc Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Aston University, Birmingham. Benefit from access to leading researchers and state-of-the-art facilities within the Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment and School of Psychology. Cognitive and affective neuroscience studies the biological processes that underpin how human beings think, reason and process their emotional experience.

The MSc Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Aston, provides a unique dual emphasis, providing specialist training at the brain-behaviour interface, as well as on generic and transferable research and communication skills for augmenting your career aspirations and professional development. During your year at Aston, you will study specialist modules that combine theory and practice. You’ll complete a core curriculum of six taught modules which will provide you with a detailed and critical understanding of the contemporary research and analysis methods used in cognitive and affective neuroscience. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Theories and applications of neuroanatomy

  • Cognitive and sensory systems

  • Affective neuroscience

  • Social cognition

  • Neurodevelopment and disorders

  • Neuroanatomy.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete research practicals using some of the advanced technologies of cognitive neuroscience, including magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, and eye movement recording. These sessions are supported within a series of trainings in core research skills such as how to formulate a scientific research question, scoping and implementing research designs, and stimulus presentation and programming.


Aston University

Aston University is a stimulating and enjoyable place to study. We pride ourselves on providing a modern, supportive and multicultural environment and are committed to giving you the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You will learn in a friendly and diverse community in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city in the heart of the UK.

You will be taught by both academic experts and practitioners who bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom. There is an emphasis on learning by doing, to ensure that you gain practical experience by applying …

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