MSc in Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience

This exciting MSc reflects the broad-ranging and strong neuroscience research profile of our Department, equipping you with a rigorous grounding in the theory and applications of cognitive, clinical, and developmental neuroscience.

We offer two pathways on this MSc: a Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway and a Methods and Techniques pathway.

About the department
Psychology

Length
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Funding
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline. Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants.

See right for details of a placement opportunity that includes a part-time fees bursary.

Fees
See our tuition fees.
Contact the department
Contact Val West
Visit us
Find out about how you can visit Goldsmiths at one of our open days or come on a campus tour.

We offer two pathways on this MSc:

Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway

The Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway has been developed in partnership with the Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and Neurodisability Service. The emphasis of this pathway will be on research and clinical aspects of cognitive neuroscience.

What you study

You'll take six courses which include a research dissertation.

  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology 
  • Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology 
  • Biological Aspects of Brain Functions
  • Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Statistics
  • Research Project

Find out more about the content of this pathway.

Methods and Techniques pathway

The emphasis of the Methods and Techniques pathway will be on practical hands-on training in methods and techniques used in cognitive neuroscience research.

What you study

You'll take six courses which include a research dissertation.

  • Advanced Methods and Techniques 
  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology 
  • Biological Aspects of Brain Functions 
  • Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience 
  • Statistics 
  • Research Project

Find out more about the content of this pathway.

Placement opportunity

Up to two placements are available for new students starting in 2014, through our collaboration with the London Pathways Partnership Project, a consortium of local NHS Trusts led by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The project provides psychologically informed treatment for offenders with personality and other psychological disorders at HMP Swaleside (Isle of Sheppey). 

Each placement will last for two years spread over a prison and NHS forensic mental health setting, and will attract a bursary of £6,500 to cover part-time fees and travel expenses for travel outside London. The placement will involve a minimum of 100 days on placement each academic year, which can be worked over the year on 2-4 days per week. 

The deadline for applications has closed, but because the placement process is very competitive there's a chance that we may accept further applications at the end of July if the positions aren't filled. Find out more about the placements, including how to apply


Applying and entrance requirements

You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have: 

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments.
  • The email address details of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference.
  • A personal statement. This can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online.
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory).

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

Please specify your chosen pathway in your personal statement. 

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

If you're applying for funding you may be subject to an application deadline. Find out more about funding opportunities for UK/EU students and international students. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Entrance requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Psychology or a closely related scientific discipline (neuroscience, speech sciences, medicine, cognitive science) with a research component. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Deposit

Due to the popularity of this programme we ask you for a deposit of £450 to secure any offer made to you after applying for the programme. The deposit will be credited against your tuition fees when you enrol.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enroll and study on our programmes. 

Please check our English language requirements for more information.

Find out more about applying 

Contact us 

Get in touch via our online form

UK/EU

+44 (0)20 7919 7766
course-info@gold.ac.uk

International (non-EU)

+44 (0)20 7919 7702
international-office@gold.ac.uk

Psychology Staff

Academic Staff

Banissy, Dr Michael
BSc MSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology 

Beattie, Dr Elaine
MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Bhattacharya, Professor Joydeep
BE PhD FRSA, Professor of Psychology

Bremner, Dr Andy
BA DPhil, Reader in Psychology

Brotherton, Dr Robert
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Cappelletti, Dr Marinella
MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Charlton, Dr Rebecca
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Cocchini, Dr Gianna
BSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Cooper, Dr Andrew
BA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Custance, Dr Deborah
BSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Davidoff, Professor Jules
BSc PhD DSc CPsychol FBPsS, Professor of Psychology

Fockert, Dr Jan de
MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Freeman, Professor Jonathan
BSc MPhil PhD, Professor of Psychology

French, Professor Christopher
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS FRSA, Professor of Psychology

Gabbert, Dr Fiona
MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Goddard, Dr Lorna
BSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Golec de Zavala, Dr Agnieszka
PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Gregory, Dr Alice
BA PhD, Reader in Psychology

Heaton, Professor Pam
BSc PhD, Professor of Psychology

Hill, Professor Elisabeth
BSc PhD CPsychol, Head of Department

Hosang, Dr Georgina
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Jones, Dr Alice
BSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Kovas, Dr Yulia
BA MA BSc MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Kuhn, Gustav
BSc, DPhil, Senior Lecturer in Psychology 

Kumashiro, Dr Madoka
BA BSc MA PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Linnell, Dr Karina J
MA MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Lloyd, Dr Jo*
BSc MSc PhD CPsychol, Programme Director MSc Occ. Psych

McAnena, Dr Caoimhe
BSc DClinPsych CPsychol, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Moore, Dr James
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Müllensiefen, Dr Daniel
MA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Pickering, Professor Alan
BA PhD, Professor of Psychology

Powell, Professor Jane
BA MPhil PhD CPsychol, Professor of Psychology, Deputy Warden

Rix, Dr Caroline
BSc PhD CPsychol, Lecturer in Psychology

Rutland, Professor Adam
Professor of Psychology

Stewart, Dr Lauren
BSc MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Valentine, Professor Tim
BSc PhD CPsychol CSci FBPsS, Professor of Psychology 

Velzen, Dr José van
MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Von Stumm, Dr Sophie
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

West, Dr Keon
BA DPhil MBPsS, Lecturer in Psychology

* Now based at the Goldsmiths Institute of Management Studies

Emeritus Professors

Blumberg, Dr Herbert
BA MA PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS, Emeritus Reader

Fletcher, Professor Clive
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Gruzelier, Professor John
MA PhD FBPsS FIOP FBSCAH FRSM, Emeritus Professor

Pring, Professor Linda
PhD CPsychol AFBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Smith, Professor Peter
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Velmans, Professor Max
BSc PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor


Visiting Fellows and Visiting Researchers

Blumberg, Dr Max
Visiting Researcher

Halpern, Professor Andrea
Visiting Professor

Moore, Dr Viv
BA MSc PhD Chart. Psych. ILTM, Visiting Research Fellow

Okamura, Dr Yoko
Visiting Researcher


Research staff

Baker, Ms Helen
Research Assistant

Camp, Dr Joanne
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Cioffi, Maria
Research Assistant

Di Bernardi Luft, Dr Caroline
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Farrugia, Dr Nicolas
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ferrari, Eva
Research Associate

Leonard, Dr Hayley
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lessiter, Dr Jane
BSc PhD, Research Fellow

Miotto, Mr Andrea
Research Fellow

Penton, Tegan
Early Stage Researcher

Sumner, Dr Emma
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Thomas, Dr Rhiannon
Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Thompson, Fran
Research Associate


Business Manager

Cope, Joanna
BSc MA MAUA, Departmental Business Manager


Research Administrator

Offerman, Jane
BA MA, Research Administrator


Systems and Software Developers

Davis, Robert
BSc MSc MBCS CITP, Systems Developer

Hannent, Ian
MSci, Senior Software Developer / System Administrator


Technicians

Billingham, Richard
Computer Technician

Douglas, Maurice
HTEC Electronic Eng, Chief Technician 

Smith, Dr Richard
Technician

Yesson, Steve  
HNC, Computer Technician


Secretaries

Barry, Ms Denise
Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator

Ivin, Mrs Margaret
Clerical Assistant 

Larden, Mrs Nicky
Clerical Assistant 

West, Ms Valerie
Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator

Weston, Mrs Sue
Departmental Secretary


Pathways and courses

This programme offers two pathways:

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway
  • Methods and Techniques pathway

Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway

This programme is intended primarily for graduates in Psychology, or closely related disciplines, who want to pursue further academic research (MPhil/PhD) in experimental psychology or neuroscience; to teach in higher education; or to develop further knowledge for clinical careers involving work with brain-damaged patients or people suffering from developmental cognitive disorders.

During the course of the MSc, there are opportunities for some students to gain highly relevant clinical experience through case demonstrations and voluntary/paid work at the Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and Neurodisability Service or in one of the several clinical sites we collaborate with. In some cases, there may also be the possibility of carrying out research for your dissertation in these clinical settings.

Courses

The programme is based on six courses, described below, which include a research dissertation. The number of credits per course represents the overall coursework load, which includes lecturing, practical work, tutorials and workshops.

Code Module title Credits
tbc Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology 45 CATS

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge of cognitive neuropsychology including underlying theories, specific research areas and clinical application of this expertise related to diagnosis and rehabilitation. Lectures cover the following topics:

  • introduction to cognitive neuroscience and methods in neuropsychology
  • neuropsychological syndromes caused by brain damage (eg amnesia, neglect, language disorders, anosognosia, object and face recognition deficits [agnosia, prosopagnosia], movement disorders [apraxia], dementia)
  • cognitive deficits associated with psychoactive substances
  • psychosis and schizophrenia
  • neuropsychological assessment
  • rehabilitation of specific disorders 

tbc Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology 30 CATS

This course introduces you to a variety of developmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and ADHD. The course also covers diagnostic issues. Lectures are supported by research seminars and tutorials. Lectures cover the following topics: 

  • introduction and methods in developmental neuropsychology
  • specific language disorders
  • dyslexia
  • autism and pervasive developmental disorders
  • genetic disorders (eg Williams Syndrome, Down syndrome)
  • impairment of senses (eg blindness)
  • motor disorders
  • assessment and diagnosis

tbc Biological Aspects of Brain Functions 15 CATS

This course is intended to provide an understanding of brain anatomy and outlines the structure and function of the brain, from the level of neuronal transmission up to the major anatomical divisions and functions. The course also considers the impact of genetic factors on brain development and the clinical implications of different aetiologies of brain damage. Lectures cover the following topics:

  • neurons and neurotransmission
  • brain development
  • cortical and subcortical structures of the adult healthy brain
  • brain and functions (eg sensory, somatosensory and motor systems)
  • aetiology of brain injury
  • genetic background to neurological disorders and description of some clinical cases

tbc Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience 15 CATS

This course investigates modern techniques in neuroscience with particular emphasis on electrophysiology and neuroimaging. Lectures are supported by workshops. Methods and procedures for conducting research in cognitive neuropsychology and developmental neuropsychology are also introduced. Lectures and workshops cover the following topics:

  • introduction to research and techniques of investigation in neuroscience and neurodevelopmental cognitive disorders
  • electrophysiology: EEG/MEG, neuroimaging and functional neuroimaging (fMRI and PET)
  • eye tracking
  • computational approaches (eg neural networks)

tbc Statistics 15 CATS

This course introduces issues associated with experimental design, and a range of statistical methods will be taught. Lectures cover the following topics:

  • descriptive statistics
  • statistical inference
  • univariate statistics
  • multivariate statistics
  • the SPSS computer programme
  • presentation of statistical data in text, tables and figures

tbc Research Project 60 CATS

The project requires you to carry out an empirically or theoretically based psychological project, which can be in any area of Cognitive Neuropsychology, Development Cognitive Neuropsychology, Brain stimulation or Neuroimaging (EEG). You will give an oral presentation of your project in addition to providing a full written report.

Assessment

The programme is assessed by written examinations, coursework, an oral presentation and a research dissertation.


Methods and Techniques pathway

This programme is intended primarily for graduates in Psychology, or closely related disciplines, who want to pursue further academic research (MPhil/PhD) in neuroscience and to teach in higher education. During the MSc, students will receive highly relevant hands-on training in essential methods and techniques used in contemporary cognitive neuroscience research.

Courses

The programme is based on six courses, described below, which include a research dissertation. The number of credits per course represents the overall coursework load, which includes lecturing, practical work, tutorials and workshops.

Code Module title Credits
tbc Advanced Methods and Techniques 45 CATS

The aim of this advanced course is to provide practical hands-on training in methods and techniques used for cognitive neuroscience research. Lectures cover the following topics: Brain stimulation – lectures and practical sessions will train you in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS); Brain recording – lectures and practical sessions will train you in the use of Electroencephalography (EEG), the analysis of EEG data and the analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data.

tbc Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology 30 CATS

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge of cognitive neuropsychology including underlying theories of specific research areas on cognitive neuropsychology. Lectures cover various neuropsychological syndromes caused by brain damage (eg neglect, language disorders, anosognosia, object and face recognition deficits [agnosia, prosopagnosia], dementia and others).

tbc Biological Aspects of Brain Functions 15 CATS

This course is intended to provide an understanding of brain anatomy and outlines the structure and function of the brain, from the level of neuronal transmission up to the major anatomical divisions and functions. The course also considers the impact of genetic factors on brain development and the clinical implications of different aetiologies of brain damage. Lectures cover the following topics:

  • neurons and neurotransmission
  • brain development
  • cortical and subcortical structures of the adult healthy brain
  • brain and functions (eg sensory, somatosensory and motor systems)
  • aetiology of brain injury
  • genetic background to neurological disorders and description of some clinical cases 

tbc Methods and Techniques in Neuroscience 15 CATS

This course investigates modern techniques in neuroscience with particular emphasis on electrophysiology and neuroimaging. Lectures are supported by workshops. Methods and procedures for conducting research in cognitive neuropsychology and developmental neuropsychology are also introduced. Lectures and workshops cover the following topics:

  • introduction to research and techniques of investigation in neuroscience and neurodevelopmental cognitive disorders
  • electrophysiology: EEG/MEG, neuroimaging and functional neuroimaging (fMRI and PET)
  • eye tracking
  • computational approaches (eg neural networks)

tbc Statistics 15 CATS

This course introduces issues associated with experimental design, and a range of statistical methods will be taught. Lectures cover the following topics:

  • descriptive statistics
  • statistical inference
  • univariate statistics
  • multivariate statistics
  • the SPSS computer programme
  • presentation of statistical data in text, tables and figures

tbc Research Project 60 CATS

The project requires you to carry out an empirically or theoretically based psychological project, which can be in any area of Cognitive Neuropsychology, Development Cognitive Neuropsychology, Brain stimulation or Neuroimaging (EEG). You will give an oral presentation of your project in addition to providing a full written report.

Assessment

The programme is assessed by written examinations, coursework, an oral presentation, journal club and a research dissertation.

Graduate profiles

Ciara, pursuing a career as a Clinical Neuropsychologist

"My MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience certainly provided the foundation for working in this field."

I chose to attend this course at Goldsmiths as there was no course in neuroscience in Ireland with the same focus on the clinical aspects of working in neuroscience/neuropsychology. I was also hopeful to be able to undertake a research project with a clinical population and to chance my arm at getting a coveted volunteering position in Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, which is affiliated with Goldsmiths. I had the opportunity to do all of these while studying in Goldsmiths. 

There was a similar course on offer in a Scottish university but I preferred the atmosphere in New Cross, and the easy access to all that is on offer in central London. The atmosphere in Goldsmiths is eclectic, creative, personal and easy-going, and the staff are dedicated and interesting people.

When I graduated, I found a volunteering position in a Neuropsychology Department where the specificity and uniqueness of my MSc was valued. From there, I went on to work as an assistant psychologist in Headway Ireland, a service for people with an acquired brain injury, before starting my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology a year later. I hope to pursue a career as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and my MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience certainly provided the foundation for working in this field.

Elliot, working towards a PhD in Neuroscience

"My time at Goldsmiths was really a great springboard to lead me on to what I have achieved now."

I decided to apply to Goldsmiths because the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience provided a good balance of clinical and theoretically taught material. The link that the Psychology Department has with the Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience that I knew I could carry forward after my graduation.

From doing the course I obtained solid research skills, comprehensive knowledge of theories behind cognitive neuroscience, as well as the experience of neuropsychological rehabilitation while working directly with clinical psychologists.

My time at Goldsmiths was really a great springboard to lead me on to what I have achieved now. Currently I am working towards my PhD in Neuroscience at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, which I am due to finish in the latter part of 2013. I am a member of the International Graduate School of Neuroscience here in Bochum and was fortunate enough to be awarded a full 3-year scholarship to cover the costs of the PhD, plus a stipend to cover my living expenses. This was a highly competitive scholarship and I am certain that the qualifications and experience I gained at Goldsmiths were absolutely instrumental in helping me get this place. On completion of my PhD I plan to continue my research work on schizophrenia and social cognition in a post-doctoral position, either in Europe or in the US.

Skills and Careers

Skills

The programme will provide you with knowledge of theory and practical issues relevant to neuroscience and clinical psychology in the UK health services and research centres. The two pathways allow students to shape their study plan according to their interests and career objectives. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research project under the supervision of a member of staff and relevant external clinical/research sector staff. 

Careers

This programme is intended primarily for graduates in Psychology, or closely related disciplines. The Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway is aimed at students who want to develop further knowledge in clinical cognitive disordersto apply to UK clinical doctorate programs or to students who want to pursue further academic research (MPhil/PhD) in experimental psychology or neuroscience. The Methods and Techniques pathway is mainly addressed to students who want to apply for a research doctorate (MPhil/PhD) in cognitive neuroscience and related disciplines.

During the course of the MSc there are opportunities for some students (Cognitive Neuropsychology pathway) to gain highly relevant clinical experience through case demonstrations and undertaking clinical activity at the Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and Neurodisability Service or in one of the several clinical sites we collaborate with. In some cases, there may also be the possibility of carrying out research for your dissertation in these clinical settings. Students on the Methods and Techniques pathway will be able to acquire valuable “hands-on” experience and build a research portfolio by means of ad-hoc tutorials, research projects and workshops on some of the most recent cognitive neuroscience techniques (mainly TMS, tDCS, EEG).


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