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.

Course modules

The programme is made up of 7 taught modules and a research project. There are 6 core modules, which provide you with a firm basis in both the theory and practice of cognitive science and computational modelling, and you select 1 specialist module from a list of option modules. The option modules and research project allow you to pursue your own specific interests and complete a significant piece of research work. Students with a background in computing normally complete the module Core Topics in Psychology. Students with a psychology background normally complete MatLab Programming. Core modules: Advanced Quantitative Methods; Case studies in computational modelling of mind; Computational Approaches to Mind; Fundamental debates in Cognitive Sciences; Generic Research Skills; MSc Psychology Research Dissertation . Option modules: Cognitive, Affective, and Social Neuroscience; Sensorimotor Processes and Attention . Stream Modules: Advanced Matlab Programming; Core Topics in Psychology II; Introduction to Matlab Programming .

Assessment methods

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

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.


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

Campus details

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

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Department of Psychological Sciences
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