City University London
Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc
City University London

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

This Masters is ideal for those who have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline and would like to build more knowledge and skills highly valued both in academic research and the clinical professions. Students will be well-equipped should they wish to undertake further professional training in Clinical Psychology, or a related discipline. The MSc is also an ideal platform from which to progress to PhD studies, particularly in Cognitive or Social Neuroscience.

This Master’s degree bridges three research and clinical disciplines: Cognitive Neuroscience (the study of human brain functions such as memory, perception and language); Clinical Neuroscience (the understanding of neurological, psychological or psychiatric illness via their neural and cognitive antecedents); and Social Neuroscience (the investigation of brain processes that help us communicate, feel, learn and interact with others).

The main aim of this programme is to provide graduates with a thorough grounding in the neuroscience that underpins human cognitive brain function, clinical, social and affective interaction, and neuropathology.

Teaching will comprise of seminars, lectures, computing and statistics classes, and supervision of an individual research project. Your learning experience during the programme will be enhanced by an invited speaker’s programme of external experts who work in Clinical, Social or Cognitive neuroscience.

Optional clinical and research internships are available to you, presenting significant additional learning opportunities. Current clinical internships include working with mental health charity Mind and the Light Year Foundation. Research internships take place in research laboratories in City’s Department of Psychology.

Your learning will be assessed through essays, examinations, oral presentations, research methods projects and interpretation of statistical analyses, formal research proposals and a dissertation. The programme consists of eight taught modules worth 15 credits each with around 30-34 hours of face-to-face contact, supported by online resources and an empirical research project (worth 60 credits). You will learn about the latest advances in clinical, social and cognitive neuroscience and develop an appreciation of the reciprocal nature of research and practice in these domains. For example how insights from functional neuroimaging inform our understanding of neurological disorders and how clinical observations inform neurocognitive modelling.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

In order to be eligible for entry, you must hold a first or upper second class degree in Psychology, Biology or a related discipline. An equivalent qualification from an overseas university will also be considered.


Tuition Fees Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

EU £8660 year 1
International £8660 year 1
England UK £5140 year 1
Scotland £5140 year 1
Wales £5140 year 1
Northern Ireland £5140 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About City University London

Founded in 1894, City University London (a.k.a. City) is located in Central London. Due to its location, City attracts students from around the world, and as a result offers a diverse campus culture. The facilities on-site have been developed with each student’s future work environment in mind. So Law students have access to simulation courts of law, and future Nurses can expect to make use of mock medical wards. Academics aside, being located in Central London means learners can get around quickly thanks to the numerous public transport options in the area.

Student composition of City University London

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