2019 start

Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Working closely with specialist scientists, you’ll develop the skills to investigate and understand human behaviour.
Postgraduate psychology student Kiera Solaiman using equipment

Course description

Cognitive neuroscience relates cognitive and behavioural functions to the underlying brain systems. Computational neuroscience uses data to construct rigorous computational models of brain function. Put them together and these new disciplines are the key to explaining the relationship between brain and behaviour.

You’ll develop a broad and critical understanding of these two fields, along with an appreciation of different approaches to understanding brain function. Your range of computational and analytical skills, and an ability to generate and test hypotheses, will give you an excellent foundation for further research.

The course takes students from life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering. Appropriate training is given to ensure all students can master the required skills and complete the course successfully.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience 
  • Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience 2 and Research Project in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Students will also study two modules in either Pathway 1 or Pathway 2:

Pathway 1: Fundamentals of Cognition and Modelling Natural Systems.

Pathway 2: Neuroimaging 1 and Neuroimaging 2.


Teaching is through lectures, seminars and laboratory classes.


Examinations at the end of semesters one and two, written coursework and an extensive empirical research project over the summer.


1 year full-time

Doing the MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience was both challenging and fun. The modules taught during the course really capture the interdisciplinary spirit of the psychology department, with modules in mathematical skills, psychological theories and neuroscience. Learning how a topic can be studied from several approaches and how these can be integrated was something I really enjoyed.

Natalia Favila Vazquez
MSc Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in either a life science or mathematical/physical science.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 6533

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.