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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Linguistics & Classics

    Philosophy

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2019

Programme description

This programme provides an intensive grounding in the philosophy of embodied cognitive science, its methodologies, research questions and techniques of research.

You will study among one of the world’s largest and most vibrant postgraduate communities in philosophy, alongside internationally recognised leaders in the study of mind, of language, and of situated and embodied cognition. By choosing this programme, you will be entering an increasingly popular field in which many large unsolved problems remain.

Programme structure

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor with whom you meet to plan your reading and discuss your work.

Compulsory courses:

  • Introduction to Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition
  • Advanced Topics in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition
  • Philosophical Method I

A wide range of optional courses is offered in the philosophy, psychology, language sciences, informatics and music subject areas. Options may include:

  • Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Foundations of Evolution
  • Mind and Body in Early Modern Philosophy
  • Origins and Evolution of Language
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Theories of Mind (Philosophy MSc)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students will have acquired a good knowledge and understanding of:

  • central areas in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, as seen from the perspective of embodied cognition
  • central arguments and challenges facing claims about embodied, situated, and extended cognition.
  • interaction between empirical work in cognitive science and arguments in philosophy of mind
  • the basic principles of research in philosophy and cognitive science

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the training necessary to undertake research in philosophy of cognitive science, and ultimately to pursue a career in academic philosophy. You will also acquire an understanding of the central debates in the sciences of the mind today.

If you do not intend to follow an academic route, the study of philosophy helps to develop general intellectual abilities and enhance analytical, critical, interpretive and problem-solving abilities.


Visit the Mind, Language & Embodied Cognition (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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