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Cognitive Science

Kat Steggles talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study cognitive science with us.

Kat Steggles

Kat Steggles

Kat Steggles is in her 3rd year in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences studying MA (Hons) Cognitive Science.

"I was drawn to Edinburgh because the city itself is beautiful and for me, the perfect size, everything is compact and in walking distance, it has a great student vibe but is still bursting with character and life.

In addition to this, Edinburgh is one of a select few universities in the UK that offers Cognitive Science as a degree programme and has a renowned reputation. Once I had looked at the programme breakdown offered at Edinburgh there really wasn’t anywhere else I would have wanted to go."

My student experience

“I love the mixture of activities you can get involved with here, the range of clubs and events you can attend was quite overwhelming to begin with.

“I love the fact that I can take a 20 minute bus ride to the Pentlands and spend the day walking in the hills, and then spend a night in the student union, or a club, or a bar, or at a comedy event; the choice is just endless.

“I also love that University encourages us to get involved in as many other activities as possible in balance with studying; I feel like the University really wants to develop students as people not just academically.”

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My programme

“The University is very close-knit and welcoming. It’s very easy to get support, and all the lecturers I’ve had seem very passionate about their subject, and are willing to help where they can. On my programme there are only around 17 of us taking it as a main degree which is great; we have a great dynamic of people and we can help each other out in different aspects of the programme.

“What I find most challenging about my programme is also what I find most interesting. Cognitive Science covers such a broad range of disciplines that interlink in the most interesting and important ways. The programme requires you to apply yourself to very different kinds of tasks, some of which have been completely new to me.

“I go from writing philosophical essays, to scientific papers, to programming computer models that investigate different aspects of cognition. This can be challenging but also very stimulating and it is opening my eyes to the different careers available working within this discipline.”

The University is very close-knit and welcoming. It’s very easy to get support, and all the lecturers I’ve had seem very passionate about their subject, and are willing to help where they can.  

Kat Steggles2nd year, Cognitive Science (MA)

My future

“I was originally attracted to cognitive science as a degree programme because of the wide range of future career paths it would open up to me. I know for a fact I want to work in a field related to cognition.

“Mental health particularly interests me, and my programme is enabling me to see the range of roles available both in research or more applied fields of work. I feel I already have some background knowledge of these respective roles from just my first year of study and I am so excited to explore further and become more specialised in the fields and disciplines that particularly appeal to me.”

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