MSc Cognitive Science
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field that has evolved during the past few decades at the intersection of a number of existing disciplines, including linguistics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience. Each discipline makes its own distinctive contribution to the goal of elucidating the relationships between minds, brains and behaviour
-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.
Vision and Values Statement
This programme assumes the incoming student has a particular specialisation in one or more fields. To this initial specialisation, the programme seeks to add interdisciplinary breadth, providing insights and concepts from many different fields. This sensitivity to interdisciplinary concerns is suitable as preparation for critical engagement with research at a postgraduate level. It is thus intended to be an ideal preparation for those who wish to progress to PhD studies or to a career in research. It will also suit those who harbour a personal interest in critical approaches to human experience and behaviour. It is not a vocational programme, in that it is not tailored for any specific employment target.
(ii) Education and subject description, professional values
We encourage students to adopt rich, pluralist views of the topics covered, which combine insights and expertise from several disciplines, including philosophy, computer science, psychology and more.
(iii) Learning outcomes
Taught modules cover a broad range of disciplines, which will challenge and encourage students to develop critical skills that transcend discipline boundaries.
(iv) Approaches to teaching learning and assessment
Students will thus encounter many different ways of understanding and investigating focussed topics, and will be encouraged to learn to synthesise and integrate insights form disparate fields. Because of the breadth of subject matter, students will encounter evaluation in many forms, including continuous assessment by exercises, essays, reports, portfolio assembly, and end of module examination.
-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