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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit website for more details

  • Last Updated

    01 December 2017

Course content

Cognitive Science is a discipline in growing demand, and Edinburgh is a widely recognised leader in this area, with particular strengths in natural language, speech technology, robotics and learning, neural computation and the philosophy of the mind.

You will gain a thorough grounding in neural computation, formal logic, computational and theoretical linguistics, cognitive psychology and natural language processing, and through a vast range of option courses you will develop your own interests in this fascinating field.

Programme structure

You follow two taught semesters of lectures, tutorials, project work and written assignments, after which you will learn research methods before individual supervision for your project and dissertation.

You will choose a ‘specialist area’ within the programme, which will determine the choice of your optional courses. The specialist areas are:

  • Cognitive Science
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Neural Computation and Neuroinformatics

Compulsory courses:

  • Informatics Research Review
  • Informatics Project Proposal
  • Introduction to Java Programming (for students who do not already meet the programming requirements for the taught masters)
  • Dissertation

There are several optional courses to choose from, such as:

  • Accelerated Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Natural Language Understanding
  • Neural Computation
  • Text Technologies for Data Science
  • Bioinformatics

Career opportunities

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the expanding domain of cognitive science through formal study and experiments. It is excellent preparation for a rewarding academic or professional career. The quality and reputation of the University, the School of Informatics and this programme will enhance your standing with many types of employer. Recent graduates are now working as software engineers, analysts and language scientists for companies such as British Telecom and Intel.


Visit the Cognitive Science (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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