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The University of Edinburgh: Human Cognitive Neuropsychology

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Telephone 0131 651 5002
Study type Taught


The MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology offers you the opportunity to receive intensive training and specialist knowledge within human cognitive neuropsychology and related fields of study.

Key research areas

Building on the research methods training, you will take topical courses in the core research areas of our department including specialist techniques and contemporary topics in cognitive neuroscience.

The teaching is closely integrated with the Human Cognitive Neuroscience research unit, a group of internationally recognized cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists. Staff use a variety of research methods to address their research interests in healthy and clinical populations and their expertise covers a range of topics including:

  • memory

  • visual perception

  • decision making

  • executive functions

  • social cognition and language

Psychology is rated 3rd in the UK by Times Higher Education for the quality and breadth of the research using the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

What will I learn?

You will take courses on the theoretical and methodological aspects of cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology and brain imaging, and conduct an original research dissertation in one of these areas.

You will also receive thorough training in advanced academic skills and research methods within psychology, including a comprehensive coverage of statistical modelling and research design using the R statistical language.

Is this MSc for me

This programme provides an understanding of advanced topics, methodologies and issues in the area of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, as well as research design and management, and you can flexibly choose optional courses to customise your learning in areas you are most passionate about.

It provides excellent preparation for further research and knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. So whether you want to continue in academic research or move into professional training, this programme is for you.

Reputation, relevance and employability

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of research expertise in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Our large Psychology department is home to academics leading research in the field.

You will benefit from the breadth and strength of the interdisciplinary academic community at Edinburgh, having the opportunity to select option courses and attend research seminars across different disciplines.

Our students’ research projects are often published in academic or professional journals.

Our programme has an excellent reputation amongst employers and further research opportunities. Many of our graduates have gone onto PhD training and academic careers and advanced clinical training.

We maintain close contacts with professional organisations such as the British Psychological Society (BPS). All postgraduate students of psychology are automatically members of the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group (PsyPAG). PsyPAG provides support, communication and representation for postgraduates within the BPS. It also brings together postgraduate students from around the country.

Find out more about our community

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is home to a large, supportive and active student community, hosting events and activities throughout the year which you can join. As a postgraduate student, you will have access to a range of research resources, state-of-the-art facilities, research seminars and reading groups.


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