Postgraduate Education Programme

Important: please discuss your education and training needs with your supervisor and read the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences’ guide about the Researcher Development Programme

A seminar programme for first-year postgraduate students has been jointly established by the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. This consists of a weekly series of theoretical seminars presented by senior researchers. Please ensure that you make a note of all the seminars and training programmes you attend in your Researcher Development Logbook which you will need to present at your 1st year viva (PhD Students).

Please use your time in Michaelmas term to work on the Core Skills Training Programme and attend any other talks and training opportunities that you may identify with your supervisory team.

Postgraduate Seminars 2023

These seminars take place in-person on Tuesdays at 3-4:30pm in Lent Term and 3-5pm in Easter Term.

*** We highly recommend that all MPhil and 1st year PhD students attend all the seminars listed below.

Lent Term 2023
24 Jan: 1.30 – 3pm *** changed time Deborah Talmi The psychology and neuroscience of emotion
31 Jan: 3 – 4.30pm Peter Jones Psychiatric classification
07 Feb: 3 – 4.30pm Tobias Goehring TBC – Title to follow
14 Feb: 3 – 4.30pm Camilla Nord Cognitive and computational approaches in neuropsychiatry
21 Feb: 3 – 4.30pm Sarah-Jayne Blakemore TBC – Title to follow
28 Feb: 3 – 4.30pm Tristan Bekinschtein Consciousness
07 Mar: 3 – 4.30pm John Duncan Intelligence and the frontal lobes
15 Mar: 3 – 4.30pm Matt Lambon-Ralph Using a convergence of clinical and cognitive neuroscience methods – The case study of semantic cognition
Location: Main Lecture theatre at the MRC CBU
Easter Term 2023 – Robust Behavioural Science
25 Apr: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Introduction – Overview of the course contents and aims
2 May: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Replications
9 May: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Questionable Research Practices
16 May: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben TBC – Title to follow
23 May: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Pre-registration and Registered Reports
30 May: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Frand, Errors and Scientific Self-Correction
6 June: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Journals, Publishing and Computational Reproducibility
13 June: 3 – 5pm Amy Orben Psychology as a Robust Science
Location: Main Lecture theatre at the MRC CBU