Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Aimed at graduates of either the computational sciences or the psychological sciences, the MA 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.

The programme involves intensive training in experimental design and methodology, building computational models, and carrying out a substantial piece of original research.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

ASSESSMENT

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. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

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.

Start Date:

one day a week part-time, plus some evenings.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,780 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,720 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,780 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,890 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,860 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,890 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree (normally at least a 2:1) in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree (normally at least a 2:1) 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, and at least 6.5 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7