This postgraduate degree 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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Draws on academics from many disciplines, including internationally renowned researchers in psychology, computational modelling and neuroscience.
- Good foundation for a research career in the cognitive sciences.
- Develops an understanding of core theoretical principles of human thought and an expertise in computer simulation.
- Designed for graduates of either the computational sciences or the psychological sciences.
The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, having achieved a top 5 ranking at the last UK research assessment exercises, with an outstanding international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, and especially developmental cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology and attend research seminars organised by the department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in psychology, visual sciences, and other disciplines where computer simulation is used. Find out more about careers in psychology.
Cost & Fees
- Part-time home/EU students: £ 4250 pa
- Full-time home/EU students: £ 8500 pa
- Part-time overseas students: £ 6000 pa
- Full-time overseas students: £ 12000 pa
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Last updated February 1, 2018