MSc Education (Neuroscience and Education)

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two to three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

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.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


We offer academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:

  • Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field
  • Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative
  • High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice
  • Highly employable throughout the world
  • Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community

Read more about the careers of some of our graduates.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Categories 4 and 25 apply. Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Student Services Office Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4491 Email:

Graduate School of Education
University of Bristol
35 Berkeley Square
Bristol, BS8 1JA


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