School of Psychology

MPsych (Hons) Human Neuroscience

Providing an immersive approach to human neuroscience, this course provides the knowledge, experience and the key practical neuroimaging/neurostimulation skills to prepare you for a career in neuroscience research. Built around our new Brain Research Imaging Centre (BRIC) you will gain a first-hand technical experience of a range of state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques, including fMRI, EEG, and TMS.

These will familiarise you with essential aspects of the neuroscientific process with experiment design and operational technique, data analysis and manipulation, through to dissemination of original findings. Elective modules allow you to tailor your experience to future careers, allowing specialisation in the physics of neuroimaging and current issues in cognitive and brain science.

Careers with this subject

This programme provides the in-depth knowledge and practical training in human neuroimaging designed to put you on a path to a career in neuroscience. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the direct experience gained using our new state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility will give you some of the most sought-after skills in the discipline. Advanced instruction in neuroimaging data manipulation, signal processing and interpretation then build on these operation skills. These provide a thorough understanding of the entire neuroscientific research cycle from design to dissemination that will give you a competitive advantage for further study.

Key features

  • Receive funding for your masters year with a student loan.
  • Build the foundations of a thorough knowledge of psychology through the first three years of our BSc course, but then extend it with an additional year of masters level study specialising in Human Neuroscience.
  • Benefit from integration with our new BRIC, offering state-of-the-art facilities for fMRI, EEG, and other neuroscience techniques.
  • Our hands-on approach to learning embeds practical activities throughout the programme, with neuroimaging advanced practice providing hands-on experience in the operation of specialized equipment.
  • Work with world-leading neuroimaging researchers and engage in an original neuroscience research topic of your own choosing.
  • Elective modules allow you to shape the specialist neuroscientist you want to be.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Your first-year modules provide a foundation of knowledge and skills across the breadth of psychology. Immersive modules integrate theory and practical workshops to provide a deeper exploration and of the psychology of learning and relationships. You will learn about the current debates in psychology, and how our knowledge connects and informs other disciplines.

    Core modules

    • PSYC411 Learning
    • PSYC412 Psychological Science
    • PSYC413 Debates in Psychology
    • PSYC414 Relationships
    • PSYC415 Topics in Psychology
    • PSYC416 Connecting Psychology

  • Year 2
  • With a focus on developing research and practical skills. You will get additional hands-on experience in designing and testing your own experiments and get to grips with key concepts in cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical psychology.

    Core modules

    • CPIE202Career and Placement Planning
    • PSYC513Cognition and Biological Psychology
    • PSYC514Individual Differences, Social and Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC515Health and Wellbeing
    • PSYC516Applied Psychology
    • PSYC519Research Skills in Practice 1
    • PSYC520Research Skills in Practice 2

  • Optional placement year
  • If you choose, you can take an optional work placement after your second year, applying your knowledge of psychology in a variety of real-world contexts offered through our established partners.

    Core modules

    • PSYC310Personal and Professional Development

  • Year 3
  • You can explore the areas of psychology that interest and benefit you the most, with complete freedom of choice across a wide range of current psychology topics, allowing you to shape the psychologist you want to become. You will also work on a research question of your own choosing in a supervised research project.

    Core modules

    • Current topics in psychology
    • Research project

  • Final year
  • Core modules deliver advanced instruction on the fundamental underpinnings of human neuroscience. In-depth knowledge of neuro-anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology provide the context for technical instruction on the applications of human neuroimaging techniques and data handling. Elective modules provide in-depth knowledge of the physics and key theoretical issues in neuroimaging research. These then form the basis for skills-based training in the practical aspects human neuroimaging, with hands-on advanced practice across a range of cutting-edge brain imaging methods. Finally, with supervision and guidance of world-class neuroimaging researchers you will bring your new knowledge and skills to bear on a research question of your own choosing in the neuroscience research project.

    Core modules

    • PSYC750 Personal and Professional Development.
    • PSYC775 Foundations and Applications of Neuroimaging and Neurostimulation
    • PSYC784 Advanced Practice in Neuroimaging and Neurostimulation
    • PSYC785 Neuroscience Project
    Elective modules
    • PSYC771 Issues in Cognitive and Brain Science.
    • PSYC778 The Physics of Neuroimaging

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

MPsych Hons Human Neuroscience Programme Specification 6807

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 - 128

A level
120–128 points from a minimum of three A levels from any subjects (excluding General Studies).

BTEC 18 Unit National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DDM – any subject

International Baccalaureate
30 points overall

Access courses
Pass Access to HE Science/Combined Science/Humanities/Social Sciences course with 60 credits overall, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit or higher.

Other
English Advanced 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B); Standard 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B). Maths – Standard 4.

Other international qualifications considered – please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

Find out more about the facility

Facilities in the School of Psychology

Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’re a well equipped department ready to support your research.

We have 22 specialist laboratories ranging from single participant rooms through to labs with a range of networked or standalone computers and social interaction or group participation rooms. There is a wide range of equipment available for loan from the technical office, supported by a team of programmers. 

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