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Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)

Our course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to carry out cognitive brain imaging work and further research.

Neuroimaging for Clinical & Cognitive Neuroscience Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience offers an in-depth grounding in cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience techniques and their application to research in clinical and cognitive neuroscience.

These techniques include neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, DTI and PET), electrophysiology (EEG and MEG), and neurostimulation (TMS and tDCS).

You will learn about the theory behind cognitive, social, behavioural, and clinical neuroscience through lectures and seminars led by experts in the field.

Practical data analysis skills and functional neuroanatomy are taught through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab sessions using the latest neuroimaging software.

Our course covers the key areas of:

  • neuroimaging techniques;
  • image analysis methods;
  • experimental design;
  • functional neuroanatomy;
  • cognitive psychology;
  • cognitive and social neuroscience.

The research project will allow you to join an ongoing research programme taking place across the University and, ultimately, make an original contribution to the field.

Completion of the course will leave you ideally placed to make major contributions to research in cognitive neuroscience, the application of imaging methods to clinical research or the development of neuroimaging technologies and analysis methods.

Our MSc can form the first year of Research Council-funded 1+3 postgraduate PhD studentships (eg from the ESRC Northwest Doctoral Training Centre).

The course is also suited to intercalating medical students with an interest in the application of brain imaging to research and practice in neurology or psychiatry.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in a science subject eg physics, neuroscience, maths, engineering, psychology, medicine or computer science. Each case will be judged on an individual basis.

You must also submit a separate personal statement (not over 300 words) detailing your reasons for applying and how this course fits in with your long term career plans.

International students: All international students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 5439
How to apply
To apply for the course, you will need to complete and submit our online application form .

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our MSc in Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience will provide you with the theoretical and practical skills required to carry out high-quality cognitive brain imaging work in healthy individuals and in patient populations.

Our course is aimed at graduates with scientific training (eg in physics, computer science, mathematics, medicine, psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology and engineering) who are interested in a career where brain imaging forms a major focus or where the scientific and technological needs of brain imaging are addressed.

This field draws on diverse areas of scientific expertise and ultimately depends on effective communication between these areas.

The course aims to provide a unique environment in which students from these contrasting backgrounds can work together in a way that reflects the collaborations they will contribute to in the future, and in which they can readily acquire the multidisciplinary skills needed.

Issues relating to the optimisation of fMRI and EEG data acquisition and analysis will be explored, with a particular focus on the cross-talk between the physics of the scanning environment, the psychology of the experimental design and the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the human brain.

In addition, the course offers an in-depth grounding in cognitive, social, behavioural and clinical neuroscience theory and offers the opportunity to be directly involved in both EEG and fMRI research.

Graduating students will be ideally placed to make major contributions to research and technological development within the brain imaging area.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information, please visit the postgraduate fees University page. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.


The University of Manchester has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.