- Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
- Start date
- September 2019
- Duration of Study
- Full time - 1 year / Part time - 2 years / Modular - Up to five years
- Bev Davies
- [email protected]
- Subject Area
- UK/EU - £7,550
- International - £15,020
Cognitive Psychology is a fascinating area of psychology that is relevant to a range of problems in the modern world. For instance, how do mobile phones distract attention during driving? What factors influence our purchasing decisions? What are the effects of brain injury and aging on cognition and behaviour? Cognitive psychologists use techniques from psychology and cognitive neuroscience to address these and other issues and can have careers in academic, military, and industry research or, with additional clinical training, work with patients suffering from cognitive limitations arising from brain injury.
About the course
Application closing date: 31st July
Studying our MSc in Cognitive Psychology will give you exposure to advanced training with specialist cognitive neuroscience methods such as EEG and eye-tracking, research design and statistics, and the opportunity to explore a range of contemporary findings in cognitive psychology with our expert academics in a friendly small group setting.
Importantly, you will be directly involved with cutting-edge research that is geared towards your interests and personal skills development.
Key Features Of Your MSc Programme In Psychology Will Include:
- Strong focus on your personal skills development throughout the course to help you pursue your career goals
- Opportunities to pursue your personal interests with expert support
- A broad range of research methods training to maximise your employability skills
- Small group specialist teaching in your chosen field from research-active tutors
- A large cohort of MSc students sharing the core modules provides a lively and supportive peer community
The overall aims of all our MSc Psychology programmes are as follows:
- To equip you to formulate and conduct psychological research projects;
- To develop your knowledge of different theoretical perspectives, philosophical traditions and methodological approaches to psychology;
- To enable you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and different forms of data, and to evaluate their appropriateness for different research problems;
- To enable you to define and formulate research questions and testable hypotheses, and to design appropriate research to answer these questions using relevant methods of data collection, consistent with British Psychological Society principles of ethics and research governance;
- To provide you with knowledge of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and data analysis techniques;
- To provide you with a range of opportunities to engage with advanced research in substantive areas relevant to their own research topic and to the discipline of psychology;
- To provide you with opportunities to enhance and develop your written and communication skills, independent learning skills, and critical reflection and evaluation skills.
You will develop these skills in the context of your chosen specialism.
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How the course is taught
Our MSc Psychology programmes are designed to foster a vibrant and collaborative peer culture amongst our MSc students.
Several of our modules are shared by all four of our MSc psychology programmes. We also know it’s vital that you develop the advanced specialised skills you will need to pursue careers in your chosen fields. Throughout your MSc degree you are supported and encouraged to focus your work to help you conduct in-depth explorations of your specialist subjects and personal interests.
You will undertake a double weighted Advanced Study module in Cognitive Psychology (30 credits).
The module develops students' knowledge and critical understanding of classic and developing areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Indicative topics include attention, executive functioning, memory (short- and long-term), false memory, cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive ageing, face and object perception, emotion contagion, neuroimaging, psychobiology, and metacognition.
Teaching and Assessment
Each module has different prescribed learning activities, including formal lectures and seminars, discussions and consultation with staff. You should expect some lively debates and interesting discussions. Please be aware that you will be expected to contribute to the programme, in the form of advance reading (of which there is a substantial amount), preparing presentations and contributing to discussions in seminars, and bringing your own ideas to bear on the teaching material.
The programme is assessed through a range of formats including:
- Blog portfolios
- Personal skills audits
- Treatment Critiques
- Lab Reports
- Unseen exams and class tests
- Verbal presentations
- Independent research written up as a dissertation.
Full time and part time students all study together for the taught/seminar/class discussion elements of the programmes, but in certain modules part-time students have more extended deadlines to enable them to complete work without placing too much burden on them. Attendance is compulsory at all teaching sessions.
In order to obtain an MSc degree, every student is required to obtain 180 M level credits:
- Full time students complete the course in 1 year (51 weeks). In order to obtain an MSc degree, students are required to obtain 180 M level credits, including a 60-credit dissertation.
- Part time students complete the course in 2 years (103 weeks), taking 90 credits in each year.
A Postgraduate Certificate is available for students who have completed 60 credits of their programme and a Postgraduate Diploma is available for students who have completed 120 credits of their programme. There are no restrictions on which modules need to be passed.
Core Taught Modules
All MSc Psychology undertake the following core modules designed to help you engage with the pluralistic nature of psychology and understand the broader field within which your specialised interest sits:
- Contemporary Treatment in Psychology (15 credits)
- Advanced Treatment Skills and Design (15 credits)
- Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
- Treatment Apprenticeship in Psychology (15 credits)
In addition to the core modules all students can tailor their research methods training to suit their needs and interests by choosing one of the following option modules:
- Qualitative Treatment Methods (15 credits)
- Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Methods (15 credits)
Treatment is a key emphasis in our programmes and you will be supported by a specialist tutor in your chosen field to undertake original research as part of the Treatment Preparation (15 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits) modules.
Projects within cognitive psychology span a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, attention, visual perception of faces, effects of alcohol on cognitive performance, changes in memory due to ageing, analysis of EEG and eyetracking data, and studies of neuropsychological deficits in brain injured patients. Our expert staff and specialist facilities can support a range of projects across the field.
Academic entry requirements
This course is open to graduates with a first or upper second-class degree in psychology (or a cognate discipline with some psychology study) or equivalent.
English Language Entry Requirement for International Students
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest. The University also accepts a range of .
If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of .
Fees and scholarships
Course tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year
UK/EU students: £7,550 per year
International students: £15,020 per year
Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It will be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs. There may be additional costs for textbooks and inter-library loans.
Recru it networ is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.
Scholarships and Funding
The University is committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Each year we offer a range of prestigious scholarships;
UK/EU students - more information on scholarships and funding
International students - more information on scholarships and funding
MSc Psychology students can bid for funding support to attend conferences or other extra-curricular activities to support their studies or present their research.
Apart from additional costs for textbooks, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme. Limited support is available for research-related expenses.
Graduates of our programme will be well prepared for a range of careers in applied and research domains. These commonly include, but are not limited to:
- Preparation for PhD study in cognitive psychology/neuroscience
- Preparation for further training in clinical neuropsychology
- Careers in industry research (e.g., user interface design, product testing, human factors)
- Treatment assistant/research support careers in universities and industry
- Data analyst / data analysis consultancy
- Behavioural science (e.g., Government, Military)
- Assistant Psychologist (NHS) and brain injury support worker positions
The University has a Careers and Employability team who can provide you with advice and guidance about your future career. The team offer specialist workshops, for example 'Options with Postgraduate Study' and Moving on with your PhD', and can also meet you individually to give guidance and support to help you develop your career. We also hold regular careers fairs on campus and informal events where you can meet employers. You will also have access to our database of job opportunities and digital resources such as online psychometric testing.
MSc in Cognitive Psychology
Reasons to study MSc in Cognitive Psychology at Keele
"I chose to study the Cognitive Psychology Masters degree at Keele because of the broad variation within the course curriculum. As someone who hopes to study the Clinical Psychology Doctorate in the future, I was happy that I could cover both qualitative and quantitative approaches."Read more