Mastering Cognitive Science

Each year, about 30 graduate students come to the Institute of Cognitive Science, from disciplines ranging from bioengineering to sociology. The broad range of backgrounds makes it somewhat challenging to offer a one-size-fits-all programme. We are therefore proud to offer one of the most flexible and individualised master programmes out there. The programme is very research oriented, hence a good deal of your credits will come from the one-year study project (worth 24 ECTS) and your thesis (worth 30 ECTS). During your lab rotation you will peek into five different labs of your choice for one week each, which will get you another 12 credits. However, you are free to substitute the lab rotation by any interdisciplinary courses. Finally, you have to pick two focus areas and pick 16 ECTS worth of courses from each area. The different areas are

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Cognitive (Neuro-)Psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Neuroinformatics and Robotics
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition

(So, essentially the modules of the bachelor's programme sans mathematics and computer science - hence the following chapter about the modules will be just as important for you, although the courses offered for Master students in the respective modules may be somewhat different.) as a matter of fact, you don't have to pick these areas in advance but only when you actually submit your thesis, which gives you the option of taking a range of courses in your first semester and narrowing down the choices from there. A good heuristic is to pick one module that fits your background and one about stuff you always wanted to learn.

The remaining 22 credits may be spend on any courses you can find (of which at least 14 credits must be from courses offered or "imported" by the institute (I.e. everything you can find on and eight may also be spend on e.g. language courses). Of course, you are free to take as many more courses as you like.