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Master's Programme in Cognitive Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

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.

While studying

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.

Language

All teaching is conducted in English.

Studying abroad

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.

Read more about Application and Tuition Fees at Umeå University
Read more about Scholarships and Financial Aid

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.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

A Master's degree in Cognitive Science is a good preparation for conducting research, both in academia and the industry. Many employers seek cognitive science graduates because of their understanding of how to make complex information, technology and systems more accessible.

Degree

Master of Science (60 credits), main field Cognitive Science
Master of Science (120 credits), main field Cognitive Science

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Cognitive Science, 120 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2019 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor´s degree from an internationally recognized university. 90 ECTS in any Cognitive Science subject, for example Psychology , Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy. At least 15 ECTS must be clearly connected to the field of cognition. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-P2054

Application

Application deadline was 15 April 2019. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK285,600

International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Eligibility

A Bachelor´s degree from an internationally recognized university. 90 ECTS in any Cognitive Science subject, for example Psychology , Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy. At least 15 ECTS must be clearly connected to the field of cognition. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M2054

Application

Application deadline was 15 January 2019. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK71,400

Total fee

SEK285,600

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Department of psychology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Study guide Cognitive Science, Jenny Nilsson