Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and behaviour. It integrates a wide range of disciplines and methodologies with the core assumption that human cognition is a computational process, implemented in neural hardware. Key topics include: The nature of computational explanation; general principles of cognition; methodology of computational modelling; theories of the cognitive architecture; symbol systems; connectionism; neural computation; and case studies in computational cognitive modelling. The programme involves intensive training in experimental design and methodology, building computational models, and carrying out a substantial piece of original research.

Course Modules

Core modules: Advanced quantitative methods; case studies in computational modelling of mind; computational models of mind; fundamental debates in cognitive sciences; generic research skills; MA psychology research dissertation. Option modules: Cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience; sensorimotor processes and attention.

Course Additional Entry

Undergraduate degree (normally at least 2.1 Honours) in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees