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Programme syllabus:

Master's Programme in Cognitive Science, 120 Credits

Swedish name: Masterprogrammet i Kognitionsvetenskap

This programme syllabus is valid: HT19 and valid until HT22 (newer version of the programme syllabus exists)

Programme code: SAKVM

Credit points: 120

Registration number: FS 3.1.3-1739-20

Responsible faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Revised by: Faculty Board of Social Sciences, 2020-09-16

Entry Requirements

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.

Degree

After completed study programme, a student who has applied for a degree certificate can obtain a Master of Science (60 credits) according to the local qualification descriptor established by the Vice-Chancellor (see Umeå University's web site). The Swedish translation of Degree of Master of Science (60 credits) is Filosofie magisterexamen. The degree is awarded in the main field of Cognitive Science (kognitionsvetenskap).

After completed study programme, a student who has applied for a degree certificate can obtain
a Degree of Master of Science  (120 credits) according to the local qualification descriptor established by the Vice-Chancellor (see Umeå University's web site). The Swedish translation of Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) is Filosofie masterexamen. The degree is awarded in the main field of Cognitive Science (kognitionsvetenskap).

Description of the education for current education cycle

This education is offered on second cycle level. The targets for second-cycle courses and study programmes can be found in Chapter 1, Section 9 of the Higher Education Act.

National goals for current degree

The national targets for the degree can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Appendix 2.

Local goals for current degree

For Master of Science Degree 60 ECTS, the student should be able to
- demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to explain and apply, the theories, methods and practical skills necessary to from a cognitive science perspective study and work with natural and artificial cognitive systems, and
- actively and independently assess her/his own learning needs and develop her/his skills, abilities and knowledge in cognitive science.
The student should also
- show ability to communicate in English in the field of cognitive science and
- show ability to from a gender perspectives problematize and analyze the program's central theories and concepts.

For Master of Science Degree 120 ECTS, the student should be able to
- demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to explain and apply, the theories, methods and practical skills necessary to from a cognitive science perspective study and work with natural and artificial cognitive systems, and
- actively and independently assess her/his own learning needs and develop her/his skills, abilities and knowledge in cognitive science,
- analyze, evaluate, and design / develop cognitive systems, and
- participate in research and development work in cognitive science.
The student should also
- show ability to communicate in English in the field of cognitive science and
- show ability to from a gender perspectives problematize and analyze the program's central theories and concepts

Examination format

Each course syllabus states what examination formats are to be used in each course.

Grades

Each course syllabus states what grades are to be used in each course. Those who pass an exam may not retake the exam for a higher grade.

Transfer of Credits

Student who considers themselves to possess knowledge from previous relevant studies or professional or vocational experience that can be comparable to a course or part of a course inthe study programme, can apply for transfer of credits. Approved transfer of credits means that the student does not need to take the or those parts of the education that the decision covers. Information about transfer of credits can be found on Umeå University's web site.

General

The program covers four semesters, however the student can conclude the studies after one year with a Degree of Master 60 credits. Under the heading Outline i shown which courses are compulsory and which courses are electives.

Compulsory courses are courses that all students within the study programme normally take. A student who takes a study programme is guaranteed a place on all compulsory courses under the condition that the entry requirements for the course in question have been met. Entry requirements are stated in each course syllabus.

Elective courses are a selection of courses that Umeå University offers within the scope of the programme. Students choose themselves which of these courses they wish to register for. A student is guaranteed a place on one of these courses under the condition that the entry requirements for the course in question have been met. Nevertheless, students cannot be guaranteed a place on the courses of their first choice. Entry requirements are stated in each course syllabus.

Optional courses in a study programme are applied for in competition with all other applicants. Optional courses can be taken at Umeå University or any other higher education institution in Sweden or abroad.

Choise of elective courses is made in consultation with the Program Coordinator or the Study Advisor. The courses are shown in the Outline in order, the order of the courses may be subject to change. All teaching is in English.

Compulsory courses
Scientific Perspectives and Research Design 7,5 credits; Brain Imaging, 7,5 credits; The problem of consciousness: Philosophical and empirical aspects 7,5 credits; Language and Cognition, 7,5 credits; Higher Cognitive Functions, 7,5 credits; Theoretical Perspectives in Cognitive Science, 7,5 credits. Master Thesis, 15 credits, are compulsory course for Master´s Degree 60 credits. For Master´s Degree 120 credits is also Data Collection and Analysis 7,5 credits and Master Thesis in Cognitive Science, 30 credits required .

Deferment of studies

Information about deferment of studies can be found on Umeå University's web site.

Approved leave from studies

Information about leave from studies can be found on Umeå University's web site. The application is submitted to the program coordinator.

Discontinuation

Information about non-completion can be found on Umeå University's web site.  Students who interrupt their education shall notify their dropout to the Program Coordinator.

Other

Access to courses in the program is governed by the course syllabus.

Outline

Valid from: HT07

To find out what compulsory, elective and optional courses are, please read under the section "General" above.

Semester 1

Scientific Perspectives and Research Design 7,5 credits
Compulsory
Higher Cognitive Functions 7,5 credits
Compulsory
The problem of consciousness: Philosophical and empirical
aspects 7,5 credits
Compulsory
 Language and Cognition 7,5 credits
Compulsory

Semester 2

Theoretical Perspectives in Cognitive Science 7,5 credits
Compulsory
Brain Imaging 7,5 credits
Compulsory
Master Thesis15  credits
Compulsory

Semester 3

For studies towards Master´s Degree 120 credits

Optional courses 7,5 credits Optional courses 7,5 credits
Data Collection and Analysis, 7,5 credtis
Compulsory 
 Optional courses 7,5 credits

Semester 4

For studies towards Master´s Degree 120 credits
Master Thesis 30 credits
Compulsory