MSc Behavioural Neuroscience
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 150)
The MSc. in Behavioural Neuroscience offers advanced education and training in topics concerning human behaviour and its relation to the brain. The programme provides an excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue doctoral research in psychology, neuroscience or neuropsychology and equips students for work in research, medical and health settings. Students will gain key skills in research methods, experimental design, programming & data analysis. This is achieved through lab rotation and by pairing students with academic supervisors based on their research interests to complete a 30-credit research project.
Behavioural Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field which combines expertise from a range of disciplines, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering and Economics. Teaching on the MSc will be provided by UCD faculty with backgrounds in wide-ranging but complementary fields, cutting across boundaries to provide students with new insights into this exciting topic. The programme also offers students the opportunity to get involved in staff research and to work together to produce a successful research thesis. The School of Psychology has laboratories dedicated to the study of Attention & Memory, Perception, Neuropsychology, Eye Tracking, EEG, and Media & Entertainment Psychology, and the School has research links with Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and St Vincent's Hospital.
Curricular information is subject to change.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Candidates may apply for admission to the MSc. in Behavioural Neuroscience if they have the following:
A primary degree that is at least upper second class honours or international equivalent in Psychology or in Neuroscience.
Or a Higher Diploma in Psychology with at least upper second class honours
We will also consider applicants with at least an upper second class honours degree in a cognate area that provides appropriate background to the programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.
Students should achieve the following learning outcomes over the course of the programme:
Knowledge and understanding:
Understand both theoretical and applied issues in behavioural neuroscience
Demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge of how human behaviour relates to brain function
Understand the contribution of the disciplines of experimental psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience to understanding key aspects of human behaviour and cognition
Understand and appraise the methodologies used in behavioural neuroscience
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Critically appraise evidence from research papers concerning topics in behavioural neuroscience
Reflect on how a behavioural neuroscientific approach contributes to understanding applied issues in neuropsychiatry or neuropsychology or neuroeconomics
Systematically analyse the research literature in a key area of behavioural neuroscience as part of their research project
Decide, under guidance, on appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis as part of their research project
Communications and working skills:
Articulate theoretical concepts, current debates and research findings to both specialist and non-specialist audiences from a behavioural neuroscience perspective
Work effectively with peers in learning, research, and presentation
Collect or source data using research methodologies taught on the programme
Engage in independent research and analysis under supervision
Write to a high academic standard