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

The programme is made up of 7 taught modules and a research project.

There are 6 core modules, which provide you with a firm basis in both the theory and practice of cognitive science and computational modelling, and you select 1 specialist module from a list of option modules. The option modules and research project allow you to pursue your own specific interests and complete a significant piece of research work.

Students with a background in computing normally complete the module Core Topics in Psychology. Students with a psychology background normally complete MatLab Programming.

Core modules:

Advanced Quantitative Methods;

Case studies in computational modelling of mind;

Computational Approaches to Mind;

Fundamental debates in Cognitive Sciences;

Generic Research Skills;

MSc Psychology Research Dissertation .

Option modules:

Cognitive, Affective, and Social Neuroscience;

Sensorimotor Processes and Attention .

Stream Modules:

Advanced Matlab Programming;

Core Topics in Psychology II;

Introduction to Matlab Programming .

Start Date:

10/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £4,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £7,425 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • 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.