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Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: Postgraduate study at the University of East Anglia

Based in Norwich, 90 minutes from London, the School of Psychology at UEA brings together international research staff and cutting edge facilities.

The School of Psychology offers three MSc programmes; Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science and Social and Applied Psychology. They build to a substantial piece of Master’s research, supervised by active researchers, where you develop your skills in carrying out independent research that interests you. One of the key strengths of the programmes is the option to undertake bespoke placements, to acquire experiences specific to your research aims.


How can I find out more and apply?

Information is available at their website.

Understanding how humans function typically and how we are affected by dysfunction present major challenges for research in the 21st century. As such, there is increasing demand for research training into human behaviour. Their MSc programmes are ideal if you are preparing for a PhD, or looking to pursue a career with a significant research element in industry, the third sector, or within government.


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What do past students say?

“I was also particularly attracted to this course as it included a placement in the second semester so that I could gain wider experience” Megan, PhD student.

“I studied how having an Autism Assistance dog could help anxiety for children with ASD” Lauren, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership.

“I love that I get to use the knowledge from my degree and apply it outside of traditional psychology” Katie, the User Story.

What do the different MSc programmes offer?

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience

You’ll become familiar with methods such as EEG, TMS and fMRI, write research proposals and critical reviews, and perform hands-on data analysis, to get understanding of the neural basis of cognition and sensorimotor skills.

Previous dissertation topics have included:

  • Predictive processing in the sensory brain
  • Neural basis of autobiographical memories
  • Eye movements during reading in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Virtual reality as a method of diagnosis and rehabilitation of spatial neglect in stroke patients


Students setting up a virtual reality experiment


MSc Developmental Science

UEA offers one of the finest developmental labs in the country. The programme provides in-depth study of human development and hands-on experience of eye-tracking, EEG, NIRS and other techniques used for doing research with children.

Previous dissertation topics have included:

  • Toddlers’ word learning
  • Moral development
  • Visual cognition and infant habituation; a computational modeling study
  • Developmental origin of epistemic curiosity


Data collection in the School’s Developmental Dynamics Lab using NIRS


MSc Social and Applied Psychology

Here you’ll study prejudice and intergroup relations, identity, attitudes and decision-making. You’ll get to grips with measuring implicit and explicit attitudes, interviews and focus groups, and experimental designs.

Previous dissertation topics have included:


Eye tracking in the School’s Vision and Action Lab


Contact details

UEA Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0) 1603 591515
Email: psy.pgt.admiss@uea.ac.uk
Web: www.uea.ac.uk/psychology