University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Cognitive Science

This course explores natural language, speech technology, robotics and learning, neural computation and philosophy of the mind; students gain a thorough grounding in neural computation, formal logic, computational and theoretical linguistics, cognitive psychology, and natural language processing.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics or psychology, plus experience in computer programming; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 92 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE 61 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade C or CAE grade B.

Course modules

Core modules include: informatics research review; informatics research proposal; introduction to java programming; dissertation. Optional modules include: advanced natural language processing; advanced vision; automated reasoning; computational cognitive neuroscience; human-computer interaction; machine learning and pattern recognition; natural language generation; neural computation; text technologies; bioinformatics; information theory; topics in cognitive modelling.

Assessment methods


Sponsorship information

SAAS for Scottish/EU students; ESRC for UK students, competitive bidding.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 22,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,650 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Informatics Teaching Organisation
Telephone number: 
0131 650 5194