MSci Cognitive Psychology
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Sciences
- UCAS Course Code
- Entry Requirements
- Course Length
- 4 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Why you should choose us
UEA is ranked 14th overall for research quality in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience
UEA is ranked 23rd in the UK
Of graduates go on to work and/or study within 15 months after the course
Cognitive Psychology is the study of the mental processes that inform human behaviour, such as attention, language, memory, perception. On this programme, you’ll master key theories and research methods of this fascinating field.
You’ll have access to excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment for teaching and research, and as you gain an in-depth understanding of human psychology you’ll develop a range of key skills valued by employers.
You’ll benefit from research-led teaching in smaller and larger groups.
The MSci Psychology programmes are designed to meet the needs of students who want to plan postgraduate study well in advance to enhance their academic and professional profiles.
Taking an integrated Master's year means that your research enthusiasm and interests developed over three years of study can be extended in an interconnected and coherent way.
The MSci programme provides a rigorous approach to the range of psychological sciences combined with the opportunity to specialise in a particular sphere of knowledge on human behaviour and experience.
On this course, you’ll gain a strong grounding in key theories and research methods of cognitive psychology. You’ll study topics such as brain and cognition, psychology of risk, the magical visual world, psychology of language, and clinical neuropsychology.
In your third and fourth years, you’ll implement your own research project related to cognitive psychology. Past students have researched areas such as autism, face perception, visual perception and attention, and brain activity in relation to social and non-social stimuli. If you’re interested in a career in mental and physical rehabilitation, neuroscience or clinical psychology, this course is ideal. Because you’ll learn to handle large data sets and gain expertise in human/computer interaction, product testing, human factors, and how we process information, you’ll also be well equipped to go into data or computer science. Your specialist knowledge and skills will develop as you select specific options and engage in higher level research in Years 3 and 4.
This course is accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Study and Modules
In your first year, you’ll study one 120 credit module. This will provide a firm foundation for developing your understanding of psychological theory and research with a focus on how this knowledge is applied within the ‘real world’. Teaching sessions are organised into six key themes – exploring learning, explaining behaviour, researching social interaction, questioning reality, understanding yourself and applications of psychology. You’ll also discover specific methods for the study of psychology, as you begin developing research skills and a critical perspective.
Teaching and Learning
You’ll be taught in a combination of smaller and larger groups. You’ll be given the knowledge and skills to establish your own position on exciting and intriguing psychological matters. The modules you take are designed by the teaching team to provide coherent coverage of the psychological sciences.
Our programmes promote psychology as a science and are all underpinned by a research methods route which runs throughout the course. You’ll be guided on pathways across the discipline rather than transported to a destination.
Your first-year compulsory module is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group work, and workshops. You’ll also spend time carrying out independent study, researching in UEA’s state-of-the-art library, and carrying out research projects in small groups.
You’ll be assessed across a range of assessments including essays, research reports, research proposals, projects and examinations. Assessments will include formative tasks and summative assessments. Whilst formative assessments are not given a mark, the detailed feedback from the formative assessments will help you with the summative assessments.
In the first year, your assessments will include a range of formative and summative tasks.
You’ll continue studying compulsory modules designed to develop your understanding of different branches of psychology. These include an advanced module in research methods in which you’ll consolidate your knowledge of research design, qualitative analysis and statistics.
Alongside these, you’ll have the opportunity to choose an optional module from a published list. This could be a psychology module or an option from outside our School that is relevant to your career or other interests. For example, you could take a business or creative writing module (specific module criteria may apply).
Optional A Modules(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Optional B Modules(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Teaching and Learning
You’ll explore both compulsory and optional modules, developing a combination of breadth and depth, core knowledge and creativity. You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group work, and workshops. You’ll also spend time carrying out independent study, researching in UEA’s state-of-the-art library, and carrying out research projects.
In the second year (depending on your module choices), your assessments may include a range of tasks such as formative work, short-answer essays, summative reports, case study analysis, and examinations.
In your third year, you’ll complete a substantial cognitive research project, reflecting your intellectual interests and career aspirations. You’ll be supported by a cognitive supervisor with expertise in your area of research. They’ll help you use your research skills to plan and produce a project drawing on a specific form of data gathering and analysis. This could be focused on survey work and/or experimental design, both within the laboratory and in applied contexts.
You’ll also select a core cognitive module, along with a number of optional modules from a wide range of psychology subjects, giving you specialist knowledge or an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective.
Optional A Modules(Min Credits: 40, Max Credits: 60)
Optional B Modules(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Optional C Modules(Min Credits: 0, Max Credits: 20)
Teaching and Learning
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional psychology modules, giving you either specialist knowledge or an integrative, cross-disciplinary perspective. You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also spend time carrying out your individual cognitive research project, with support from your supervisor.
In the third year, your assessments will include your research project (which is 33% of your final year mark), and assessments linked to your module choices (which could be, for example, a research proposal, a briefing paper, an essay, or an examination).
In your fourth year, you'll continue building specialist knowledge in your chosen field together with opportunities for building advanced research skills aligned with your academic focus.
The fourth year of the Cognitive Psychology programme combines research methods training with in-depth study at the cutting edge of the subject area. This year is aimed at developing the specific skills in research methodology necessary to study Cognitive Neuroscience and delivers the ability to understand normal and abnormal brain function, prepare research proposals, and undertake original research, analysis and synthesis in one of current psychology’s fast-moving and fundamental areas.
In the process you'll acquire transferable skills in oral and written communication and the management and analysis of complex data sets. A strength of the programme is the opportunity to experience modern psychological research methods at first hand, including, for example, fMRI, EEG, TMS, virtual reality, and motion and eye-tracking.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 20)
Teaching and Learning
This Masters year is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group work, and workshops. You’ll also spend time in independent study and carrying out your cognitive research project.
As you progress through the course you'll be expected to work more independently. The opportunity to undertake research projects in both your 3rd and 4th years means that you can explore areas of psychology which you find exciting and engaging.
- A Levels
- AAB - If you are taking an EPQ and three A-levels, we may offer you a one grade reduction on our advertised typical offer, if you achieve an A in the EPQ.
- T Levels
- Obtain an overall Pass including an A in the core of the T Level and a Distinction in the Occupational Specialism. Acceptable subjects are: Health and Science
- DDD excluding BTEC Public Services, Uniformed Services and Business Administration
- Scottish Highers
- Scottish Advanced Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- 4 subjects at H2, 2 subjects at H3
- Access to HE Diploma
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
- International Baccalaureate
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 1 entry
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
- Deferred Entry
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes.
We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications. If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.
Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled.
We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:
International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Science (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
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Course Related Costs
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How to Apply
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The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.
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After the Course
The cognitive psychology pathway is perfect for those preparing for a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and will benefit anyone planning a career with a significant research or data handling component.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
The MSci routes lead to many career pathways ranging from:
- Psychological Research in social issues, health services and education
- Market and media research
- Neuropsychological therapies and rehabilitation
- Human-computer interaction
- Data analytics
- Child development