Neuroimaging Methods & Applications (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
This MSc programme will equip graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds, including psychology, engineering, physical and biological sciences with the methodological tools to undertake neuroimaging research at the highest level.
Understanding the human brain in health and disease is one of the key research challenges of our time. Meeting this challenge depends on progress at multiple-levels, from investigations of single neurons through to studies of human cognition and perception. Bridging the gap between these levels is not easy, but recent advances in non-invasive neuroimaging and neurophysiology techniques seem to offer such a bridge, by providing a window on brain structure and function at the regional level. However, no single technique offers a complete picture – each has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is for this reason that much recent effort has been in multi-modal integration of several different imaging approaches.
Students are taught by international experts in both multimodal methods (Semester 1) and applications of these methods in several domains (Semester 2). Depending on their background and interests, students may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications-based research for their project in Semester 3.
The course will place students in a competitive position for PhD studentships or research positions in neuroimaging methodology, cognitive neuroscience or translational neuroscience applied to human health and disease.
The hub of the MSc is the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), which is part of the School of Psychology at Cardiff University. CUBRIC is one of only a handful of research-dedicated centres that contain multiple neuroimaging techniques in one building: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Trans-cranial Stimulation (TMS/TDCS). A key feature of this course is that students will gain hands-on experience using all of these techniques.
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This one-year full time course starts in October and is a mixture of two taught Semesters and a research project in the final Semester.
The course consists of the following modules, which are all compulsory:
|Semester 1: Neuroimaging Methods||Semester 2: Neuroimaging Applications|
|MRI Technologies and Methods||Memory: Functions and Failures|
|fMRI: Physiology and Methods||Clinical Neuroimaging Research|
|MEG and EEG: Physiology and Methods||Neuroimaging of Perception and Action|
|Human Brain Stimulation: Technology and Methods||Neuroimaging of Pain, Touch and Emotions|
|Neuroimaging Methods: State of the Art||Neuroimaging Applications: State of the Art|
|Postgraduate Research Design and Statistics Part 1||Postgraduate Research Design and Statistics Part 2|
Neuroimaging Research Project
Following successful completion of the taught component, students will undertake a Neuroimaging Research Project.
This programe prepares students for a range of career options, including:
- A research and academic career in cognitive/clinical neuroscience or methods development.
- Industry applications such as research in pharma companies or neuromarketing.
- Supporting the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in healthcare environments.
Graduates in this programme will also be in a strong position to apply for PhD positions.
Applicants must hold a degree of a 2.1 standard or equivalent in a relevant science-based degree. This includes (but is not restricted to) Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Neuroscience or Psychology based subjects. Overseas students with equivalent degree classifications, where English is not their first language, must provide proof of proficiency in the English language.
How To Apply
Applications should be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.
Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend an interview.
Applications for September 2014 entry are now being accepted.
Please visit the University Funding and Fees pages for information on current funding opportunities.
PhD Positions at Cardiff
The School of Psychology at Cardiff offers several funded PhD positions each year to exceptional students, including projects within CUBRIC. Graduates from this Masters programme will be in a strong position to apply for one of these competitively awarded places.
For more information please see the research pages on the School's website, particularly Imaging Science, Cognitive Neuroscience and Perception and Action, for information about the kinds of methods that will be covered on the course and current work being undertaken using the facilities at CUBRIC.
UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: September 2014
Name: Natalie Moran
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 0360