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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Data Collection and Analysis, 7.5 Credits
Individual project in cognitive science, 7.5 Credits
Individual project in cognitive science II, 15 Credits
Master's thesis in cognitive science, 30 Credits
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.
It is possible to study for a One-year Master by finishing the first year with a 15 credits thesis.Close
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 and understanding of human behaviour and technology as well as skills to perform empirical studies.Close