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Cognitive Science

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
(i) Purpose
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.

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

Entry requirements

•This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Computer Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics, Neuroscience or a cognate discipline. An upper second class honours, or the international equivalent, is required.

•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.


2 years part time or 1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Fred Cummins
Tel: +353 1 716 2902

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Project in Cognitive Science

Stage 1 - Option
Human Language Technologies

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Connectionism and Dynamical Systems

Cognitive Modelling

Embodiment and Enactive approaches to Cognitive Science

Introduction to Cognitive Scie

Computational Creativity

Human Computer Interaction

Consciousness, Agency & the Self

Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuropsychology

Readings visual social cogniti


- Unique taught offering providing advanced material in psychology, philosophy of mind, computational modelling, neuropsychology, and more
- Ideal preparation for future PhD studies tackling interdisciplinary topics
- Includes a substantial research project, conducted largely during the Summer months
- No programming required, but willingness to learn new software packages essential

Assessment method


Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Cognitive Science FT (T023)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MSc Cognitive Science PT (T084)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MSc Cognitive Science (T023) Full Time
EU fee per year - €7055
nonEU fee per year - €19200

MSc Cognitive Science (T084) Part Time
EU fee per year - €4590
nonEU fee per year - €9600

***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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September.

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