Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary area of study that tries to understand the link between brain and mind. Bringing together scientific methods, techniques and perspectives from a range of disciplines – including psychology, linguistics, computer science and philosophy – cognitive science examines how knowledge is acquired, systematically structured and computationally processed within the brain.
The course is full-time (day) and will run over three semesters. During the first week of the first semester a series of Cognitive Science Overview seminars will be held to introduce students to Cognitive Science and serve as a foundation for subsequent topics. The course will then follow a Semester-by-Semester plan.
The first semester will use a traditional, parallel study-units structure to provide a comprehensive introduction to theory and practical methods across a range of Cognitive Science topics.
The second semester will use a series of “block” study-units to provide more focused and detailed exposure to specific areas of research in which students are exposed to the latest trends in this highly active area.
The third semester will allow students to apply knowledge by embarking on empirical or theoretical work in the form of a Dissertation.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor's degree from this University, or from any other university approved by Senate for this purpose, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.
All applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter giving their motivation for applying for this Course, and shall further be required to attend for an interview to assess their suitability to follow the Course with profit.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
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Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400 Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding
The taught parts of the course will have three main objectives:
(i) To provide a general overview of research and methods across the whole field of cognitive science; (ii) To provide detailed, in-depth exposure to research methods in Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology and Philosophy; (iii) To provide practical training in the tools and techniques used by current researchers in the field.
Having followed the taught programme successfully, students will be able to:
- identify and describe the main component fields of study in Cognitive Science; - identify and describe the main techniques and tools used in Cognitive Science research; - identify and describe the gross anatomy of the brain and how different structures may relate to cognitive functions; - identify the main philosophical and/or empirical ideas presented in a journal article and be able to express and critique those ideas in written or oral presentation; - categorize an empirical approach as experimental or correlational; - understand the deductive nature of research in Cognitive Science; - analyse a given research problem within the field of Cognitive Science and be able to select the appropriate statistical/analytical tools with which to explore it; - be able to conduct appropriate statistical testing and to comprehend the results; - be able to design and implement a computer program using appropriate software for stimulus preparation, presentation and data analysis; - identify and describe the experimental methodologies most frequently used in Cognitive Neuroscience research, with particular emphasis on EEG, MRI, and patient studies, evaluating the relative suitability of these methodologies for tackling particular research questions; - be able to produce a written report or oral presentation clearly describing the outcome of a given experiment or other scientific piece of work.
b) Intellectual Development
The overall goal will be to provide students with a new appreciation of the complexity of the brain and how it gives rise to the mind, and the range of methods and techniques available for studying it. More generally, the course should provide the knowledge necessary in order to analyze a range of complex problems and to design and conduct empirical research.
c) Key/Transferable Skills
Key transferable skills include: critical thinking; experimental design; data analysis; generic IT skills; computer programming; scientific writing.
d) Other skills
A mix of analytic and practical skills related to problem analysis and experimental design, and experience in the use of cognition-related technology and equipment which is acquiring wider recognition and application in both academic and commercial contexts.
The new Cognitive Science Lab in the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences is equipped with sound-proofed testing booths, eye-tracking, and electroencephalography (EEG). Use can also be made of the facilities in the Biomedical Engineering Lab in the Faculty of Engineering that include a Vicon motion analysis system and a biomedical data acquisition system.
People who have a genuine interest in understanding how the brain gives rise to the mind, and a willingness to embrace a range of theoretical and quantitative methods.
By arming participants with an exciting and possibly unique mix of knowledge and skills, the M.Sc. in Cognitive Science provides an excellent foundation for any career involving the brain, human cognition and behaviour. These may include: cognitive psychology, rehabilitation, education, communications, human-computer interaction, information processing, data retrieval, medical analysis, consumer behavior and neuromarketing.
Training in cognitive science also provides a broad educational base from which to pursue further academic study.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 30 September 2020
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