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Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc

Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc - a City University degree programme

Neuroscience, one of the fastest expanding areas of scientific enquiry, is taught in the MSc programme of Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, which bridges three closely-related fields of contemporary neuroscience:

Through this programme, students will gain important lessons in advances in this area including an insight into the reciprocal nature of research and practice in these domains.

The knowledge and skills gained through this programme will help in employment across various research oriented firms in neuroscience. Future clinicians will be better equipped to develop and deliver evidence-based treatment. Aspiring researchers will achieve an understanding of fundamental brain functions valuable when undertaking a PhD.

Suitability - Who should attend?

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.

The following qualifications meet the English language requirement for entry into this programme:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language (e.g., from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA)
  • GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) at grade C or above
  • An overall score of 7.0 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.5 for each subtest
  • A score of 120 in the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Satisfactory standard in the verbal section of the Princeton Test (GMAT)
  • US SAT with 500 in verbal performance
  • Warwick English Language Test (WELT) with pass grades of BBC minimum
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

Citizens from states other than Europe/Switzerland are may need to go for entry or visa applications

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: Those requiring a Tier 4 student visa for studying in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc. The knowledge and skills you will acquire in this programme are highly valuable, whether you choose to pursue further research or an applied occupation. They will enhance your employability prospects in a wide range of sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, neuromarketing, the computing industry, science and the media, science and the arts, business or education.

This course will enable you to...

Provide students with knowledge and skills highly valued both in academic research and the clinical professions. The MSc is an ideal platform from which to progress to PhD studies, particularly in Cognitive or Social Neuroscience. Students will also be well-equipped should they wish to undertake further professional training in Clinical Psychology, or a related discipline.

Training Course Content

The programme consists of eight taught modules (worth 15 credits each) and an empirical research project (worth 60 credits).

Programme modules:

  • Principles of Neuroscience: Brain anatomy, techniques and paradigms
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mental Health, Well-being and Neuroscience
  • Fundamental Processes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology I
  • Fundamental Processes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology II
  • Social Cognition and the Social Brain
  • Statistical models
  • Research Methods and Programming.
The module consists of:

Principles of Neuroscience: Brain anatomy, techniques and paradigms

This module provides an introduction to key concepts in neuroscience. You will learn about the different techniques and methodologies commonly applied to address questions in neuroscience, as well as about specific paradigms used to decompose cognitive processes in the brain, and theories these approaches are based on. The module will also introduce you to basic concepts of neuroanatomy. Selected papers and seminars will provide the foundations to critically reappraise different methodologies and paradigms. This will equip you with the basic knowledge for distinguishing different theoretical frameworks and theories.

Teaching will be comprised of lectures, seminars, group work and discussions, workshops and tutorials, reports, computing and statistics classes and the individual research dissertation. Your learning will be assessed through essays, examinations, oral presentations, research methods projects and interpretation of statistical analyses, formal research proposals and a dissertation.

You will undertake independent study, supported by the teaching and learning team, and will receive detailed feedback on your coursework. You will be provided with assessment and grade-related criteria which will outline your intended learning outcomes, along with the skills, knowledge and attitudes you are expected to demonstrate in order for you to complete an assessment successfully. You will also be assigned a personal tutor as your primary contact, who will advise you on academic matters and monitor your progress through the programme.


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year


  • UK/EU students who apply for this course will be eligible for a £1,500 scholarship on a first-come first-served basis. All UK/EU applicants to this course will be automatically considered for this scholarship.
  • International students can apply for the School of Arts and Social Sciences International Excellence Scholarship for this course.


Graduate Loyalty Discount:The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates.

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