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Master's Programme in Cognitive Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

Cognitive science is a multidisciplinary subject and offers a variety of advanced courses within Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychology. The programme is given in English. There are possibilities for studying abroad and getting engaged in research projects. Research opportunities are open, ranging from visual aids and memory disorders to child development and cognitive neuroscience etc.

While studying

The programme is given in English and consists of mandatory courses and electives. Training in research methods is an important component of the programme. Every specialised course relates to contemporary research and the essence of cognition. Students are based in the Department of Psychology but you are free to specialise in any cognitive science subject. The programme collaborates with other programs on the Master and doctoral level which adds to its multidisciplinary nature.

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.

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Programme overview

Year 1
Scientific Perspectives and Research Design, 7,5 Credits
Higher cognitive functions, 7.5 Credits
The problem of consciousness: Philosophical and empirical aspects, 7.5 Credits
Language, Brain and cognition, 7.5 Credits
Theoretical Perspectives in Cognitive Science, 7.5 Credits
Brain Imaging, 7.5 Credits
Master's thesis in cognitive science, 15.0 Credits

Year 2
Data Collection and Analysis, 7.5 Credits
Master's thesis, 30 Credits

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Career opportunities

A Master's degree in Cognitive Science is a good preparation for Ph.D. research as well as for work in research and development in the industry. Many employers seek cognitive science graduates that have understanding of human behaviour and technology as well as skills to perform empirical studies.


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

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Contact persons for the programme are:
Study gudie Cognitive Science, Jenny Nilsson