Programme structure and assessment

This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses, followed by a dissertation

The combination of courses you take is tailored to your interests, and agreed at the start of the year in consultation with the programme director.

Compulsory courses

There are two courses that all students on this programme take:

  • Introduction to Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition
  • Advanced topics in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition

If you are relatively new to the study of philosophy you are also required to take Phil Skills, a zero credit course introducing you to the skills necessary for academic philosophy.

Optional courses

A significant part of the programme is made up of optional courses. These come from across the University and cover a diverse range of topics, such as:

  • Social Cognition
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Mind, Body, and Consciousness
  • Neural Computation

There are many other options available, offered in philosophy, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and informatics. 


The dissertation is worth 60 of the 180 credits required for an MSc and provides an opportunity to pursue research into your chosen area of interest. The project is carried out under the supervision of a member of staff within the School, or potentially from a related subject area such as Informatics.

This programme comprises two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation of 8,000 words written towards the end of the second semester. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor with whom you meet to plan your reading and discuss your work.

Degree Programme Table (DPT)

Information in the Degree Programme Tables may still be subject to change.

DPT: Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition