Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is aimed at graduates of either the computational sciences or the psychological sciences, the MSc in Cognition and Computation is an ideal foundation for a research career in the cognitive sciences. It studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and behaviour, and integrates a wide range of disciplines and methodologies with the core assumption that human cognition is a computational process, implemented in neural hardware.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go on to careers in psychology, research sciences, and other disciplines in which computer simulation is used. Possible professions include psychologist or scientific researcher. This degree can also be useful within the field of visual science or in becoming a higher education lecturer.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,950 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,950 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,975 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,975 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,100 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students need an undergraduate degree (normally at least 2:1 honours) in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need 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.
  • IELTS score: 7