This programme combines the scientific study of human cognition with the application of cognitive science to broader societal concerns. You will focus on core methodologies and theories of cognitive science, but also explore the synergy between cognitive science and its applications.
Why study cognition at Edinburgh?
- Unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of cognition, building on the strengths and synergies between subject areas in the school of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences.
- Opportunity to focus on the impact of cognitive science research beyond academia.
- A flexible programme structure allows you to adapt course choices and dissertation topics to suit your own strengths and interests.
Programme structure and assessment
This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation
Core courses include:
- Cognition, Culture and Context;
- Human Cognition: Science and Application to Society
- Introduction to Statistics and Experimental Design
- Psychological Research Skills
- Univariate Statistics and Methodology using R
- Transferring Knowledge to Society (semester 2)
These are supplemented by a range of optional courses drawn from the catalogue of the school of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences.
Teaching takes place through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and small group seminars in semesters 1 and 2. This is complemented by dissertation research, which typically begins in at the end of semester one and becomes the major focus after the end of the second semester. There is potential, where appropriate, for a student’s dissertation research to be linked to an extramural placement.
Assessment is through a combination of oral presentations, essays, practical sessions, and exams, depending on course choices.
Learning outcomes and careers
This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths
You will develop the skills to undertake your own research in cognitive science, and learn how to communicate about the results of scientific research and its relevance to society. The programme prepares you for careers in science writing and in applied research, as well as for research within academia.
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Last updated October 10, 2018