Brain Imaging MSc


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MSc Brain Imaging
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
First Degree (minimum of 2.1 or equivalent)
Other requirements
A lower second class honours degree (2.2. or international equivalent) may be considered provided the applicant has relevant work experience (at least 1 year) or another supporting factor. We welcome applications from students with a background in psychology, neuroscience, medicine or a bioscience discipline as well as those with training in physics, engineering, mathematics, or computing sciences.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This MSc course provides interdisciplinary research training in brain imaging methods. In addition, five distinct pathways within the programme provide subject-specific skills and knowledge.
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This MSc course provides interdisciplinary research training in brain imaging methods. In addition, five distinct pathways (Developmental Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Integrative Neuroscience, Computational Methods) within the programme provide subject-specific skills and knowledge. 

Key facts

  • The programme is delivered through lectures, practicals and hands-on projects. 
  • Core and optional modules according to specific pathways.
  • Taught by active and internationally renowned research scientists.
  • Specialist lectures and/or project supervision by scientists from the School of Psychology; Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre; School of Clinical Sciences; and the School of Medicine.

Course details

This interdisciplinary course covers advanced brain imaging methods (MRI, MEG, EEG, TMS) and their respective analysis techniques in addition to the application of these methods in various research domains.  The MSc Brain Imaging has a unique course structure and offers pathways with core modules and a choice of optional modules that permits tailor-made study.  The MSc course provides an excellent training for those aiming to pursue a career in scientific and clinical research as well as academia and industry.  At the end of the programme graduates are equipped with advanced expertise in the field of brain imaging and neuroscience research.

The MSc programme consists of compulsory modules that comprise 70 credits. In addition, there are three pathways (Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, and Integrative Neuroscience). Each pathway includes optional modules (30 credits), a research placement (20 credits) and a research project (60 credits).




Compulsory modules

Functional Imaging Methods (20 credits): This module covers brain imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).  An additional focus is on the strengths and limitations of these methods in health and disease.

Experimental Design for Functional Imaging (10 credits): This module covers principles of experimental design; the topics include lectures on how to design, conduct and analyse neuroimaging experiments in various research areas.

Introduction to Matlab programming (10 credits)Problem-based learning to support lectures on neuroimaging topics. Topics covered include an introduction to computer programming with MATLAB, the design and analysis of behavioural experiments, and the analysis of functional MRI data.

Analytical Research Methods (10 credits): This module covers advanced statistics such as multiple regression, correlation analysis, exploratory factor analysis and bootstrapping.

Professional Skills (20 credits): This module involves participation in courses of the Graduate School in order to develop skills that are relevant for working in a research environment.



The Cognitive Neuroscience pathway: Focuses on the neuroscientific approach to cognition.  It is also rooted within neurobiology.  A number of optional modules are available such as Sensory Neuroscience, and Neuronal Signalling.

The Neuropsychology pathway: Focuses on the brain-behavioural relation and addresses various functions in normal and disordered states, and across the lifespan.  Some of the optional modules available here include Clinical Neuropsychology, and Clinical Neuroscience.

The Computational Methods pathway: Focuses on image processing operations and techniques as well as their application for studying advanced topics in related fields.  Optional modules in this pathway include computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics, Scientific Computing, and Signal Processing and Control Engineering

The Developmental Science pathway: Focuses on developmental psychology and developmental cognitive neuroscience, including brain development to cognitive or social change.  A number of optional modules are available such as Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Integrative NeuroscienceFocuses on the neural basis of animal and human behaviour and addresses brain functioning across one or more interacting levels of neural organisation. A number of optional modules are available such as Current Trends in Neuroscience, and Translational Neuroscience


Each pathway has a research placement and project:

Research Placement (20 credits): This module involves a project of limited size within a specific research area.  The methods used for this practical work depends on the topic chosen and can be brain imaging, psychophysics, or computational modelling.  Students work under the supervision of a research adviser.

Research Project (60 credits): This module involves a substantial project within a specific research area.  The method used for this practical work depends on the topic chosen and students again work under the supervision of a research adviser.

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



UK/EU Students

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Psychology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,901 with the highest being £42,000.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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