Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Cognitive Science (Humanities)

UCAS code: C851

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Year 1

You will pursue two general cognitive science courses that give an overview of perception, memory, motor control, language and reasoning, as well as introducing experimental, neural and computational methods. You will also undertake a course in logic, to understand the role of reasoning and deduction in the mind, and a course on the structure of language, to understand one of the most complex phenomena that the human is responsible for. Courses aim to introduce you to philosophical, linguistic, computational and psychological approaches to studying the nature of thought and the mind.

Year 2

You will choose more specific courses in the sub-disciplines such as: Processing Formal and Natural Languages (Informatics) and Knowledge and Reality (Philosophy), as well as second-year courses from Psychology and Language Sciences.

Year 3

You can choose from informatics courses in language processing, neural computation, robotics and vision, or machine learning; or from linguistics courses in language evolution, language acquisition or speech processing; or from philosophy courses in ontology of mind, theories of mind, theories of truth or ethics; or from psychology courses in psycholinguistics, memory and perception, attention, development or neuropsychology. In your third year, you will participate in a group project.

Year 4

As Year 3. In place of the group project undertaken in Year 3 you will undertake an individual research project.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

You will be taught within the University's Central Area, and you will have full access to the libraries, computer facilities and specialised laboratories in our Psychology and Linguistics departments, as well as other facilities available across our campuses.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, small-group project work, and (in the fourth year) individual project work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams and coursework.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

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Programme details (2017/18)

Graduates with cognitive science qualifications have excellent employment prospects in fields that will shape our society – those which depend on computers, such as economics, entertainment, technology, mobile systems, manufacturing and health, to name but a few – and those thought of traditionally as more arts orientated, such as the civil service, management, finance, journalism, social work and teaching.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 36 points (665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. One Higher from Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science required. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics at Grade A or Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or Higher Mathematics at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. GCSEs: English at Grade C and Mathematics at Grade A or 7 OR Mathematics and Physics both at Grade B or 6 OR Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science (OR science double award) at grade B or 6.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects, including one of Mathematics, Psychology or an approved science. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 or Maths Studies at 7 (if not at Higher Level).

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International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Cognitive Science (Humanities)

Additional Costs



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