Κολέγιο CITY College
International Faculty,
CITY College.
Main Campus, Thessaloniki, Greece

Cognitive Neuropsychology - MSc

Degree title: The title of Master of Science in Cognitive Neuropsychology is awarded directly from the University of Sheffield
Duration: 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part time)
Mode of delivery: Classes take place on weekday evenings
Language of instruction: English
Entry Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or any other health-related or biomedical disciplines

Why choose this course?

  • Degree from one of the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Sheffield.
     
  • Degree recognition & career. Graduates with a Bachelor in Psychology, who continued their studies to Masters level and have been awarded our MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology (and have acquired further adequate practical experience in a related field), can apply for registration as Practitioner Psychologists, with the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC* through the International route.
     
  • Excellent career prospects. Graduates may pursue a successful academic career or career in research or/and may apply for the title of Practitioner Psychologist by following the route described above.  
     
  • Use of our Neurofeeback Lab - one of the few in Northern Greece, offering students with hands-on experience in the use of state-of-art equipment.
     
  • Great emphasis on neuropsychological assessment. Hands-on training in neuropsychological assessment methods and cognitive rehabilitation approaches.
     
  • A research-led programme. Students are highly involved in academic research, in the context of their dissertation, as well as their participation, as assistants, in on-going projects, conducted in our Neuroscience Lab and/ or Rehabilitation Centres, Clinics, Associations, and other clinical settings.
     
  • Emphasis on scientific research. Includes units focusing on topics in the frontiers of scientific research (e.g. Neuroscience of Arts).
     
  • A pathway to a successful career in Europe and abroad.

* For more information please visit HCPC's official website.
Sample of HCPC Certificate (PDF)
For Greek students only: Those candidates who officially register with the HCPC, could transfer their license to the Greek context via SAEP.

More reasons why:

  • Supportive learning environment with a wide range of support services available to students.
     
  • Free participation in sports and clubs activities.
     
  • Events with well-recognised psychologists. Students attend events, seminars and workshops by psychologists who share their expertise.
     
  • Our state of the art library, the Information and Learning Commons (ILC) fully supports our students’ study experience.

 

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MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology

 

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Course overview

The MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a research-oriented degree that provides strong research skills in Neuropsychology allowing students to further pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience. The programme focuses on understanding brain-behaviour relations in neurological patients (e.g., stroke and epilepsy), people with neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, and children with neurodevelopmental conditions. The programme also includes practical knowledge in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. The programme is completed with the submission of a dissertation on Neurospychology/Neuroscience, which equips students with advanced research skills in designing and implementing independent research in this  fast-developing field. Students will be trained to use state-of-art equipment to train brain activity and measure psychophysiological responses in our brand new Neurofeedback Laboratory - recently added to our premises - as well as practical training on Neuropsychological Assessment.

The programme is open to candidates with a degree in psychology as well as graduates and professionals from health-related disciplines.

Classes take place on weekdays during afternoon hours.

 

What will I learn?

Students learn about the relationship between the brain and human behaviour using state-of-art EEG technology (e.g., Neurofeedback) in our laboratory, as well as practical training on Neuropsychological Assessment. Also, our students will be trained to develop personalized intervention programmes for patients with brain injury.

This is an English taught Master’s program on Cognitive Neuropsychology (with a dissertation) that gives its graduates the opportunity to get a postgraduate British University degree and acquire research experience on Cognitive Neuropsychology. This is a research-oriented degree that will provide strong research skills in Neuropsychology allowing students to further pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology.

 

Entry requirements

View the application and admission requirements of the programme.

 

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this programme you may view details of the application process.

 

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about this programme, contact our Admissions Team at admissions@city.academic.gr

 

Content of Units:

Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Neuropsychology
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Neuropsychological Disorders of Attention and Perception
Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation
Neuropsychology of Memory and Dementias
Advanced Research Methods in Neuropsychology
Neuroscience of Arts
Dissertation

 

Fundamentals of Neuropsychology
This unit covers the main research areas and methods used in investigating brain structure and function. The unit will provide with sound knowledge in brain structure and function both at the macro and micro level (cellular, molecular); and the relationship between brain structure and function and mental processes. The unit will also introduce basic principles and mechanisms of brain recovery after head traumatic injury and stroke. Finally this unit will also introduce methods in neuroscience, in particular imaging methods (EEG, fMRI etc), cases studies, and applied clinical neuroscience (e.g., neurofeedback, TMS, tDCS etc.). Back to top

Introduction to Research Methods in Neuropsychology
TThis module covers in detail the practice of research methods in neuropsychology, with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges that neuropsychologists face in applying the methods of science to the study of human behaviour. A great emphasis will also be given to the ethical issues in research methods. The first half of the course will provide an introduction to research methods, and more specifically the research process. The second half of course will be comprised of workshops where students can explore practical problems/issues in relation to research. This unit is designed to cover both quantitative and qualitative methodologies equally. Students will be exposed to the issues and decision-making processes that a researcher must respond to effectively address research questions or ideas. Back to top

Neurodevelopmental Disorders
The unit introduces students to the main issues surrounding the aetiology and symptomatology of neurodevelopmental disorders. Extensive reference will be made to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, motor disorders ( tic disorders and Tourette syndrome), traumatic brain injury (cerebral palsy), communication, speech and language disorders, genetic disorders (fragile-X syndrome), Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Special attention will be paid to the changes that have been made in DSM-V criteria and the impact that it has on the diagnosis and prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders. Differential diagnoses and comorbidity issues will be discussed. Finally, individualized intervention methods will be explored in various neurodevelopmental disorders. Back to top

Neuropsychological Disorders of Attention and Perception
This unit aims presenting in depth theory, assessment and rehabilitation of attentional and perceptual disorders that follow brain lesions due to traumatic head injury, stroke, coma and substance abuse. To do so, the unit will discuss the latest advancement in our knowledge of the brain and cognitive mechanisms underlying the perception of object, faces and space, and visual attentional phenomena. This unit will bring together the latest findings in behavioural, imaging, and genetic research with the techniques employed, and the evidence acquired, in clinical practice. The unit will also discuss issues related with the development, normalization and validation of specific tools to assess perceptual and attentional function in brain-damaged patients. It will also give the opportunity to gain some practical knowledge of neuropsychological assessment. Finally, the unit will introduce novel, non-pharmachological, methods of enhancing cognitive function such as non invasive brain stimulation with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), tDCS (transcranial Direct Current Stimulation), and the CT (Cognitive Training) approach. Back to top

Neuropsychological Assessment and Rehabilitation
The unit equips students with knowledge on standardized neuropsychological assessment procedures and the ability to conduct complete neuropsychological assessments for patients, including chart review, clinical interview, test administration and scoring, interpretation and report writing, and patient and family feedback. Reference will be made to biological measures (e.g., MRIs, EEGs) that should be taken into consideration for a thorough assessment, while particular emphasis will be placed on ethics. Issues in assessing people from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds will also be discussed. On a broader level, students will be taught to be critical consumers of the neuropsychological literature. Students will also obtain significant research-lead knowledge on treatment and rehabilitation techniques (such as brain stimulation) that integrate the results of the neuropsychological assessments. Back to top

Neuropsychology of Memory and Dementias
The present unit aims at combining cognitive, neuropsychological, and neurobiological approaches in order to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge in the domain of neuropsychology of memory dysfunction and its assessment. Specifically, students will be presented with knowledge on the relationship between brain function and structure and specific memory impairments, dysfunctions, and disorders, in relation to brain injury, illness, and aging. Emphasis will be placed on the discussion of amnesia and dementia types, the underlying neuropathology and the relevant treatments. Students will conduct neuropsychological evaluations in class, and apply knowledge in preparing diagnostic and reflective reports for clinical cases. The latter, aim at training transferable skills required for those who wish to pursue a research-oriented career within cognitive neuropsychology or a clinically oriented career in neuropsychology. Ethical challenges in neuropsychology with also be considered during the lectures. Back to top

Advanced Research Methods in Neuropsychology
This module entails the practice of research methods in Neuropsychology, with particular attention to the strengths and weaknesses of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The course is organised along two dimensions; qualitative and quantitative. Five sessions will be dedicated to quantitative methods and analyses and five to qualitative methods and analyses. The course will be based on workshops by using specific examples and/or data collected by the students. A member of the academic staff will assist each workshop that is related to their research experience and expertise. The aim is for students to be able to make appropriate methodological decisions and carry out independent research and data analysis. Back to top

Neuroscience of Arts
This unit covers the main research areas and methods used in investigating the effects of arts on the structure and function of the brain. The unit will explore the cognitive, emotional and neural underpinnings of art perception. It will also provide sound knowledge regarding the effects of art making and/or perceiving on brain structure and function via a focus on music, with referrals to visual arts provided as well. The unit will also introduce basic principles and mechanisms of neuroplastic changes originated due to extensive art practicing. Congenitally and acquired disorders in art perception will be discussed. The unit will also introduce therapeutic interventions, based on arts, aiming to treat neurological conditions (disorders or lesions). Back to top

Dissertation
Students will have to submit a dissertation indicating the ability to perform independent research in the area of Cognitive Neuropsychology. Supervision will be provided by a member of staff of the Department of Psychology. Back to top

The Psychology Department of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College has excellent reputation due to the high quality of teaching and research. Our academic staff is strongly committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Teaching is informed by the latest scientific research and cultivates development of critical thinking, self-development, and academic and professional ethos. The department’s academic staff, all hold a PhD degree, have intensive research activity and significant professional experience.
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Our MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology responds to the increased demand for research oriented neuropsychologists in the EU counties, and particularly in South East Europe. Importantly, this program helps students develop general critical, research, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

Graduates with an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology may pursue careers and become employed in various research settings or pursue further studies in Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology. The MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology provides the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary environments, either research-oriented, or industry-oriented, such as Neuromarketing research. Also our MSc can be a stepping stone to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology. 

Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre

The Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre, focuses on helping students to set attainable career goals. It offers advice on CVs and cover letters, and on how to effectively handle job interviews. Through career fairs, and different internship programmes, the department aims at constantly bringing students in contact with prospective employers. 

Every spring we organize the Annual Career Fair presenting with an opportunity to get a first feel of job seeking. During the event students and alumni have interview opportunities with corporate recruiters and present their skills and abilities to potential employers. Large companies, organisations and multinationals from different industries across S.E. Europe participate every year in our Career Fair and offer employment and internship opportunities to our students and graduates.
More about our Career Services.

Contact the Career, Employability and Enterprise Centre at careers@city.academic.gr

 

Graduates with a Bachelor in Psychology, who continued their studies to Masters level and have been awarded our MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology (and have acquired further adequate practical experience in a related field), can apply for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC* through the International route. Applications to the HCPC are examined on an individual case, thus registration is not automatic but subject to the applicant meeting all the conditions set by the HCPC (i.e. training, health and character of the applicant).

For Greek students only: Those candidates who officially receive the title of Practitioner Psychologist in UK (via HCPC), could transfer the accreditation to the Greek context via SAEP.

*For more information regarding the registration procedure please visit HCPC's official website.

Sample of HCPC Certificate

Example of HCPC Certificate


 

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