University of Bristol


MSc Education (Neuroscience and Education)


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Education (Neuroscience and Education)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Neuroscience is beginning to influence education across the world. This programme, which is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis, will provide you with the skills and understanding to integrate insights from neuroscience and education.

The programme is suitable for teachers of all subjects and across all ages, including teachers of children with special needs, educational psychologists, education managers and policy makers. It is for those who want to enrich their thinking and practice with insights about learning and development from the sciences of the mind and brain.

You will be supported in exploring this exciting new field through:

  • engaging with the most up-to-date research literature, including the latest findings arising from the sciences of mind and brain in areas relevant to education. These include reading, mathematics, learning disorders, technology and creativity, but also many other areas;
  • becoming an active researcher who draws on findings from neuroscience, psychology, genetics and educational research;
  • carrying out your own small-scale experiments and research studies, leading to the major work of your dissertation;
  • carrying out assignments that encourage written, graphical and oral communication of your ideas;
  • becoming part of a broader community of study and research in the field of neuroscience and education, though lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops;
  • becoming confident with argument and discussion in the field of neuroscience and education.

The programme also provides an excellent foundation for further research studies (eg at PhD level) involving the ideas and methods of neuroscience in areas related to education.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Introduction to Educational Inquiry
  • Brain, Mind and Education
  • Statistics in Education
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Issues in Neuroscience and Education

Optional units

Students following this programme will also be able to take optional units from across the school, such as:

  • Psychophysiological Research Methods in Education     
  • Designing Technologies for learning
  • Social and Socio-cultural Psychology

For those who already possess a psychology degree, the option of taking the following units from the Department of Experimental Psychology may also be available:

  • Magnetic Resonance Summer School
  • Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods
  • Applied Neuropsychology


You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,700 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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