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

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

MA

The programme is made up of 7 taught modules and an extended critical literature review.

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 1 specialist module that you select from a list of option modules. The option modules and literature review allow you to pursue your own specific interests.

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;
MA 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 .

MSc

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

MA

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

MSc

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6535