UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The course studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and decision'making. It integrates a wide range of disciplines and methodologies, with the core assumption that human cognition and choice are computational processes, implemented in neural hardware.

Course Modules

Modules include: Introduction to philosophy of cognitive science; principles of cognition; research statistics; research skills and programming for cognitive science (MATLAB); judgement and decision making; knowledge, learning and inference. Optional modules: applied decision'making; human learning and memory; cognitive neuroscience; the brain in action; neural computation: models of brain function; evolution of human cognition; understanding individuals and groups; social neuroscience; social cognition, affect and motivation; current issues in attitude research; talent management; the psychology of behaviour at work; business psychology seminars; interpretation of forensic evidence; grounded and embedded approaches to the mind; attention and awareness.

Course Additional Entry

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A student peer group will often contain a broad mix of undergraduate degrees. Most common backgrounds include psychology, economics, philosophy, computer science, cognitive science, linguistics and law. An undergraduate degree not listed here should not, however, deter a potential applicant who can demonstrate an understanding of the focus of the course and enthusiasm for cognitive science and decision making, although they should be prepared for the mathematical component contained in the research statistics module.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £23,020  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,020  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £11,460  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,510  Academic year. First year home fees