MSc Social Neuroscience

This MSc in Social Neuroscience gives you the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of how the brain responds to, and makes sense of the social world, as well as confidence in the use of neuroscientific research skills (for instance, electrophysiology and eye-tracker experiments).

MSc Social Neuroscience

Course details

Humans’ social nature is based on neural, hormonal, and molecular structures and networks that we have started to understand only relatively recently. This includes studying the processes behind the sensation and perception of social stimuli, and the behaviours associated with social interactions. This highly progressive Master’s programme is designed to give you excellent learning opportunities in Social Neuroscience – supported by our department’s enthusiastic, supportive teaching staff and a technology-enriched learning environment.

You’ll have the chance to explore issues from a variety of perspectives, underpinned by a research-informed knowledge base, as you develop an in-depth knowledge of Social Neuroscience. You’ll also be encouraged to refine and enhance your critical evaluation and reflection skills.

As you progress, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your research skills, to help you conceptualise, design and implement a substantial piece of independent research. This, in turn, offers you a unique opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of new ideas and approaches in Social Neuroscience.

Successfully completing this course will open up a wide range of opportunities for employment, or further study at doctorate level.

  • Start date: 27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 30 months

Course highlights:

  • We’ll support you as you develop an in-depth and advanced knowledge of Social Neuroscience, both in terms of theory and evidence.
  • You’ll have ongoing opportunities to develop highly sought-after skills in critical evaluation and reflection in relation to Social Neuroscience theories and research techniques.
  • Focused research training is designed to support and guide you in conceptualising, designing and implementing independent research in Social Neuroscience.
  • We work hard to create a learning environment that offers innovative methods of teaching and assessment, and access to high-specification facilities such as our observation and psychophysiology laboratories, Neuroscan software and hardware, and Stim3 software.
  • The programme is designed to enhance your employability in the sector, or help you progress to further studies in psychology.

Key features:

  • Enthusiastic, dedicated and supportive teaching makes this an engaging and exciting postgraduate opportunity.
  • The course curriculum explores issues from a balanced range of perspectives, and is supported by a research-informed knowledge base.
  • This is an exciting programme of study with a strong emphasis on research and critical enquiry.
  • Learning and teaching is student-centred and involves small group sessions and one-to-one tutorials. This is supported and enhanced by the University’s virtual learning environment.
  • The programme includes a lab-based work experience module that gives you access to live research projects within the School of Education and Psychology.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 30 months

You should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychology Society for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If you have a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree in Psychology or a related subject (e.g. Neuroscience), then you may be accepted on to the programme following a successful interview. We may also ask you to provide a portfolio of your work, as part of the application process.

Relevant work experience can also provide an advantage.

This course does not confer Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you're seeking to achieve GBR, please consider applying for our MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will have a thorough grounding in the neural mechanisms underpinning human social perception, cognition and behaviour. On successful completion you’ll possess a range of highly transferable skills, such as oral and written communication, and the management and analysis of complex data sets.

This MSc is designed to prepare you for a potential career in research, and is also relevant to those with an interest in clinical psychology or in work in the biomedical sector.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate you’ll be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills that are highly valued both in academic research and the clinical professions. Undertaking the MSc in Social Neuroscience can help you to access roles within healthcare, science, the media, business and education. Some students will be professionals in a caring/educational field already, and will be doing this course as part of their professional development.

The MSc is an ideal platform from which to progress to PhD studies, particularly in Cognitive or Social Neuroscience. You’ll also be well-placed to undertake further professional training in Clinical Psychology, or a related discipline.

Alternative career options

  • Lecturing
  • Research and development
  • Medicine
  • Biotechnology and contract research
  • Human resources
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Family mediation and support
  • Nursing
  • Child psychology
  • Police
  • Media and advertising
  • Communications
  • Sport psychology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical sciences
  • Publishing

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Psychological and Social Research: Review, Evaluation and Design
  • Quantitative Inquiry 1
  • Quantitative Inquiry 2
  • Advanced Social and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social Neuroscience Techniques
  • Social Neuroscience Laboratory Practical
  • Psychology Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll experience a diverse range of teaching methods, designed to complement each other and help you achieve the course’s intended learning outcomes. You’ll attend lectures, seminars, workshops and lab sessions – but we also expect you to support this with significant independent reading and investigation, as well as completing seminar-related work and preparing for workshops, presentations and group discussions. Some modules will require you to follow up taught sessions by using online resources and completing complementary tasks.

Assessment methods are also varied, allowing you to demonstrate your learning in a range of ways. For example, module assessments may require you to complete reports, essays, presentations, literature reviews, or review journal articles, write up laboratory tasks, complete short question and answer sessions relating to statistical analysis, and present reflective journals.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (85%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (15%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    27/01/2020 or 21/09/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MSc
  • Duration:
    30 months

Contact us

Pedro Vital
Programme Leader
Email: P.Vital@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903685

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903