Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cognition and Computation

This programme studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and behaviour. It integrates a wide range of disciplines and methodologies with the core assumption that human cognition is a computational process, implemented in neural hardware. Key topics include: the nature of computational explanation; general principles of cognition; methodology of computational modelling; theories of the cognitive architecture; symbol systems; connectionism; neural computation; and case studies in computational cognitive modelling. The programme involves intensive training in experimental design and methodology, building computational models, and carrying out a substantial piece of original research.

Entry requirements

MA: Undergraduate degree (normally at least 2.1 Honours) in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

MSc: A mix of 2500-word essays, statistics worksheets, a programming assignment and a 10,000-word research project. MA: A mix of 2500-word essays, statistics worksheets, a programming assignment and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2018 9,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 4,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 15,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 8,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 4,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 4,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02076316535