Cognitive Science

MSc Cognitive Science
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

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

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Anyone interested in issues relating to the understanding of the human mind from philosophical, psychological, and computational perspectives would be well suited to this degree. A solid background in one contributing discipline is required.

Programme Outcomes
Identify and describe major topics arising within the domain of cognitive science

Recognize and manage the theoretical diversity found within contributing disciplines

Situate contemporary research in cognitive science in a theoretical and practical context

Bring insights from diverse disciplines to bear on focussed topics within the field

Articulate research questions within the field and display an awareness of the empirical methods that can potentially be brought to bear on them

Communicate research questions and findings to audiences in diverse disciplines, including the general public

Present their research in public and communicate clearly in writing

Critique theoretical and empirical claims made in the primary literature

Inform discussions that demand the integration of skills and insights from diverse disciplines in addressing topics related to human experience and behaviour

Articulate research questions within the field and display an awareness of the empirical methods that can potentially be brought to bear on them

Bring insights from diverse disciplines to bear on focussed topics within the field

Communicate research questions and findings to audiences in diverse disciplines, including the general public

Critique theoretical and empirical claims made in the primary literature

Identify and describe major topics arising within the domain of cognitive science

Inform discussions that demand the integration of skills and insights from diverse disciplines in addressing topics related to human experience and behaviour

Present their research in public and communicate clearly in writing

Recognize and manage the theoretical diversity found within contributing disciplines

Situate contemporary research in cognitive science in a theoretical and practical context

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Project in Cognitive Science
COMP40290

Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
COMP40250
Connectionism and Dynamical Systems
COMP40260
Cognitive Modelling
COMP40270
Embodiment and Enactive approaches to Cognitive Science
COMP40280
Introduction to Cognitive Scie
COMP47230
Human Computer Interaction
COMP47680
Consciousness, Agency & the Self
PHIL40010
The Cultural Mind
PHIL40960
Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuropsychology
PSY40020
Readings visual social cogniti
PSY40550

Credits

90

Duration

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

Fees

MSc Cognitive Science (W358) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc Cognitive Science (W359) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4760
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme.For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 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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  • Qualification letters

    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime

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