Discover the scientific principles underpinning neuroimaging techniques and the exciting advances being made to further understand cognition and clinical disorders.
On this course you will be introduced to a wide range of neuroimaging and stimulation methods, including: structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Electrical Stimulation (TES). The first semester aims to give you a solid grounding in how these techniques work and considerations when designing and analysing neuroimaging studies. In the second semester you will learn about the contribution that neuroimaging is making to our understanding of: memory, perception, emotion and a variety of clinical disorders.
A diverse range of teaching methods and hands-on activities are used on the course including: lectures, journal clubs, workshops, computing sessions and lab classes, which are led by internationally acclaimed experts in both the methods and applications of neuroimaging. Depending on your background and interests, you may then choose to specialise in either methodology or applications based research for your project in the final semester.
You will be based at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), our dedicated brain imaging facility, where you will have access to some of the most advanced neuroimaging equipment, including: MRI (4 scanners), MEG, EEG (including EEG sleep labs) and Brain Stimulation. This is one of only a handful of research dedicated centres in the world that contains this variety of equipment all in one building.
We welcome graduates from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, including: psychology, engineering, physics and the biological sciences who are interested in a career where brain imaging forms a major focus. The course also aims to put you in a competitive position for a PhD studentship or research position in neuroimaging.
- A variety of teaching methods that give you both theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills.
- A wide range of assessment methods: coursework - analysis assignment, lab report, study proposals, programming assignment, essay and dissertation; and exams – multiple-choice questions, short answer and essays.
- Learn about the principles of open science and how to write a registered report.
- Taught by a multi-disciplinary team of research active staff who are recognised internationally for their scientific excellence.
- Based in Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), a vibrant and friendly research community.
- Access to a wide range of equipment, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG, including EEG sleep labs) and Brain Stimulation (TMS/TES).
- Plenty of opportunities for further learning via invites to seminars/events in related areas of interest organised from within CUBRIC, the School of Psychology and the wider University.
- In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), our research quality was ranked 2nd in the UK