Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, M.Sc. | Aston University | Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

12 months
20100 GBP/year
9650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience course offered at the Aston University  provides a unique dual emphasis, providing specialist training at the brain-behaviour interface, as well as on generic and transferable research and communication skills for augmenting your career aspirations and professional development.


Gain specialist training and transferable research skills with our specialised MSc Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience at Aston University, Birmingham. Benefit from access to leading researchers and state-of-the-art facilities within the Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment and School of Psychology.

 In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete research practicals using some of the advanced technologies of cognitive neuroscience, including magnetic resonance imaging, magnetoencephalography, and eye movement recording.

These sessions are supported within a series of trainings in core research skills such as how to formulate a scientific research question, scoping and implementing research designs, and stimulus presentation and programming.

There is also an emphasis on generic professional development and research-related communication skills in our Key Skills for Cognitive Neuroscientists modules. Here you will develop your abilities in areas such as oral and written presentation, personal promotion and employability, intellectual property, scientific writing, systematic review and Meta-analysis, and in research ethics.

Your future career prospects

This Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience course offered at the Aston University has been designed to provide postgraduate-level education and training for graduates who want to specialise in the area of cognitive and affective neuroscience, continue onto PhD level study, or enhance their CV with a research-related Masters qualification.Previous cognitive neuroscience students at Aston have moved on to a variety of careers including:

  • PhD studies: destinations of recently successful PhD applicants include Aston, Cardiff, Derby, Liverpool, Sussex and Warwick.
  • Research-related roles: e.g. Research Assistant, Data Analyst (for example for the NHS).
  • Education: e.g. Science Teacher, Educational Consultant.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: Theories and applications
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Practicals
  • Key skills for Cognitive Neuroscientists
  • Research Dissertation in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a recognised university in psychology, neuroscience or a related life science such as biology, or a related physical science such as engineering or computer science. More information on international degree requirements can be found on our Aston in your country webpage.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ previous degree was studied in an English speaking country.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9650 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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