How do we perceive the world? How should we understand memory, language and consciousness? Are human thought processes unique, or can other organisms – maybe even machines – think in ways that is similar to how we do it? You will have the opportunity to probe these questions from the perspective of psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy and neuroscience. The program is research connected, but also gives you knowledge and skills that are useful in a variety of non-academic domains.
Admitted to the programme
Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.
The first semester starts with two parallel courses – one in scientific perspectives and research design, the other in higher cognitive functions. You will learn to understand and design scientifically sound research projects, while learning more about theories and empirical studies of mental processes. Both these courses are offered by the Department of Psychology. You will then read two additional courses in parallel. The first concerns the problem of consciousness from a philosophical perspective, and is offered by the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies. The other is about the relationship between language, brain and cognition, and is offered by the Department of Language Studies.
The second semester begins with a course about theoretical perspectives on cognitive science, and is offered by the Department of Computer Science. A course in brain imaging is offered by the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, and will run in parallel with the first. During the second part of the semester, you have the opportunity to write a 15 credits master’s thesis.
The second year is more practical in nature. You will read a course in data collection and analysis, which builds on the methods course of year one. You will also be given the opportunity to work with ongoing research projects related to cognitive science. The idea behind these project courses is to give students opportunities to get hands on experience of how research and development projects are conducted. During the final semester, you will write a 30 credits master’s thesis.
Tailor your education
There are possibilities to customize your education, either by substituting the 15 credits master’s thesis, or the project courses with courses that you select yourself.
All teaching is conducted in English.
You can spend one or two semesters at one of Umeå Umiversity’s partner universities, and can apply to include these courses in your degree. Read more about our partner universities.
Fees and Financial Aid
With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at the undergraduate and advanced level. Umeå University will be offering a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.
Master’s Thesis written by former students
Further down this page you can find some of the Master’s Thesis written by former students at the Master’s Programme in Cognitive Science.
International admission round
Programme startsAutumn Term 2019
Type of studies100%, Daytime
EligibilityA Bachelor´s degree from an internationally recognized university. 90 ECTS in any Cognitive Science subject, for example Psychology ,
ApplicationApplication deadline was 15 January 2019. The application period is closed.
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