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.


The MSc in Brain Imaging is an exciting research-led programme that provides an in-depth grounding in brain imaging techniques and neuroscience research. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes, workshops and hands-on projects. The course provides excellent training for those aiming to pursue a career in scientific and clinical research as well as academia and industry. 
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Key facts

  • Experts in the field will teach you how to design, analyse and interpret data from neuroimaging experiments.
  • Hands-on labs will introduce you to the technical and transferable skills needed for successful careers in research-related jobs.
  • Optional modules provide specialisation in subject-specific areas.

Course details

The MSc Brain Imaging has core modules that all students on the course take. In addition to these modules, the programme offers optional modules that provide specialisation in subject-specific areas.

The optional modules, which are tailored to your interests and background, link with three pathways (Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Integrative Neuroscience). This course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. 

The course includes taught modules, a research placement and an independent research project. During the research placement and project, you will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art techniques in brain imaging, psychophysics, advanced data analysis and computational modelling.




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.

This module covers principles of experimental design; the topics include lectures on how to design, conduct and analyse neuroimaging experiments in various research areas.

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.

This module covers advanced statistics such as multiple regression, correlation analysis, exploratory factor analysis and bootstrapping.

This module includes more advanced concepts in MATLAB programming and the analysis of functional MRI data.

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.

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.


Cognitive Neuroscience

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.


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.

Integrative Neuroscience

Focuses 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 also has a research placement and project, as per the modules listed above.

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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 97% 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 £29,212 with the highest being £50,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of 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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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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