UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Cognitive and Decision Sciences

The course studies the cognitive processes and representations underlying human thought, knowledge and decision-making. It integrates a wide range of disciplines and methodologies, with the core assumption that human cognition and choice are computational processes, implemented in neural hardware.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class undergraduate degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A student peer group will often contain a broad mix of undergraduate degrees. Most common backgrounds include psychology, economics, philosophy, computer science, cognitive science, linguistics and law. An undergraduate degree not listed here should not, however, deter a potential applicant who can demonstrate an understanding of the focus of the course and enthusiasm for cognitive science and decision making, although they should be prepared for the mathematical component contained in the research statistics module.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to philosophy of cognitive science; principles of cognition; research statistics; research skills and programming for cognitive science (MATLAB); judgement and decision making; knowledge, learning and inference. Optional modules: applied decision-making; human learning and memory; cognitive neuroscience; the brain in action; neural computation: models of brain function; evolution of human cognition; understanding individuals and groups; social neuroscience; social cognition, affect and motivation; current issues in attitude research; talent management; the psychology of behaviour at work; business psychology seminars; interpretation of forensic evidence; grounded and embedded approaches to the mind; attention and awareness.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, class presentations, and practical, statistical, computational and experimental class work. Student performance is assessed through online tests, coursework, essays, practical experimental and computational mini-projects, and the dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,020 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 23,020 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,020 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,020 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,020 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 11,460 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,510 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,510 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,510 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,510 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

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Key information

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Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7679 5335