Degree Programme Specification 2019/2020
MA Honours in Cognitive Science
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|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||n/a|
|Final award:||MA (Hons)|
|Programme title:||Cognitive Science (Humanities)|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, Computing|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||
Head of School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences.
|Date of production/revision:||April 2011|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Programme structure and features
Full details of the degree programme and structure can be seen at <http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk>
Material is presented through a combination of lectures, prescribed readings and students’ own library and bibliographic research. Understanding of knowledge is fostered in tutorials (years 1 & 2); in subsequent years there is increased emphasis on students initiating reading programmes and giving class presentations.
All courses are evaluated by students through end-of-course questionnaires. In addition, students elect class representatives in all years and these representatives provide academic staff with on-going feedback throughout the year on successful and problem areas of courses.
Progression Requirements – Students are normally expected to have gained 120 credits at the end of each year. Progression to Honours will be based on the requirements for entry to Honours to each of the component disciplines. This is a more stringent requirement that other programmes, but students who fail to meet it in one subject may change to a single or joint-honours programme in their other subjects.
Alternative Exit Points – Students who elect not to progress to Year 2 have the option of switching to single Honours in Linguistics (subject to having taken Linguistics in Year 1), single Honours in Philosophy (subject to receiving a concession to make up the missing courses in year 2), single Honours in Psychology (subject to having taken Psychology). At the end of their second year students will have the option of switching to an appropriate joint or single-honours degree.
Students who do not progress into Honours may graduate after three years of full-time study, or a longer prescribed period of part-time study, with a B.A. in Humanities and Social Science.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.