Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Cognition and Computation

Aimed at graduates of either the computational sciences or the psychological sciences, the postgraduate degree in Cognition and Computation is an ideal foundation for a research career in the cognitive sciences. It studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and behaviour, and 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. **HIGHLIGHTS** - The Department of Psychological Sciences has an outstanding research tradition, with an international reputation in all aspects of cognitive neuroscience, especially developmental cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers and attend research seminars organised by the Department and a number of other local research centres and institutes. - Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality. - Psychological research at Birkbeck has ranked fifth in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality. - Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.

Entry requirements

MA: Undergraduate degree (normally at least 2:1 honours) in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline.

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 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 16,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 9,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 16,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years

Campus details

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

Get in touch

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02076316535