Cognitive Science

Students study topics in a very wide variety of professional disciplines. The breadth of topics covered is challenging, but encourages students to think beyond the narrow confines of a single speciality. The research project is structured to allow greater depth in the pursuit of a single topic, and results in professionally meaningful deliverables. Lecturers are highly qualified, research active cognitive scientists with a range of specialities.

Unique taught offering providing advanced material in psychology, philosophy of mind, computational modeling, neuropsychology, and more

Ideal preparation for future PhD studies tackling interdisciplinary topics

Includes a substantial research project, conducted largely during the Summer months

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Project in Cognitive Science COMP40290

Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Cognitive PsychologyCOMP40250
Connectionism and Dynamical SystemsCOMP40260
Embodiment and Enactive approaches to Cognitive ScienceCOMP40280
Human Computer InteractionCOMP41710
Introduction to Cognitive ScieCOMP47230
Consciousness, Agency & the SelfPHIL40010
The Cultural MindPHIL40960
Invention of the Modern SelfPHIL41840
Fundamentals of Cognitive NeuropsychologyPSY40020
Readings visual social cognitiPSY40550

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for admission to the degree, a student must have a good honours undergraduate degree in one of computer science, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, or a cognate discipline. Typically a minimum final grade of II.1 or equivalent is expected.References from two academic referees must be submitted, as well as a 400-600 word statement of research interest which outlines your reasons for wanting to follow this course. Official transcripts from your university will also be required. Details are given on the Online Applications website.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Cognitive Science FT (W358)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time Deadline Rolling*

MSc Cognitive Science PT (W359)
Duration 2 Years Attend Part Time Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


W358: 1 year full-time, W359: 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
This is not a vocational course. In the course of one year we cover a very broad range of material, thus greatly increasing the breadth of academic exposure of our students. Historically, about half of the students go on to do PhD studies, and many others look for work in research. This course will not make a psychologist out of a non-psychologist, or an IT specialist out of someone who is not an IT specialist upon entry. It will enable students to tackle research issues they might not have been able for before, and to do PhDs in areas that would not have been possible before. It also has the potential to enrich one’s engagement with a very broad range of challenging material. Many students pursue this course because of a passionate interest in our scientific understanding of what it is to be human. Please note that a cognitive science degree is not part of an accredited programme towards a clinical degree.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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