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Cognitive Science (S2-PRK-COG)

(in Polish: Cognitive Science)
second cycle program
full-time, 2-year studies
Language: English

Programme outlines

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are a continuation of first-cycle studies in Cognitive Science conducted in Polish by the University of Warsaw. The curriculum content of the first-cycle program forms the basis for further development of students' knowledge and skills during second-cycle studies. At the same time, the programme is structured in a way that graduates of other fields of studies can also take part in it, provided that they fulfil differences in competences.

The second-cycle Cognitive Science programme is significantly more advanced than the first-cycle program, as well as more specific. It focuses on two areas (in the form of two "thematic paths") of empirical research in cognitive science and related sciences. After the first semester, students choose one of the paths which programme becomes obligatory for them.

  1. Within the neurocognitive path, students gain in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge of the cerebral basis (and broader - biological) of cognitive processes, the use of modern techniques for studying brain activity as well as planning and analyzing research while using them. While learning about modern methods of supporting development and education, diagnosis and rehabilitation, students also learn how to use new technologies to improve the cognitive functioning of people.
  2. As part of the computational path, students gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the basics and methods of modelling cognitive, language and social, processes. Emphasis is placed on the human behaviour and its products as well as on the cultural, environmental factors determining it. Hence the stress is put on the natural language and its processing in this path. Creating computational models explaining cognitive and social phenomena (eg. decision making), analysis of data, data mining and natural language processing are skills that are more and more demanded on the labour market.

Obligatory introductory courses (26% ECTS) and the choice of one of two paths (13% ECTS) ensure the necessary minimum level of skills that a modern cognitive scientist should be equipped with. At the same time, there is a high level of flexibility and freedom in shaping students' own course of study (over 50% of ECTS), which also allows interested students to fully or partially complete both paths.

A particularly important feature of the Master's in Cognitive Science programme is that regardless of the path chosen, the education is closely related to the research conducted by the participating teams and it is in cooperation with the companies offering internships. Thus the students participate in the work of selected teams and external companies (26% ECTS) gaining practical experience.

Another unique feature of the curriculum is the individual approach to students by introducing a tutor from the first year. The tutor is to analyze student's previous experience and to select appropriate "compensatory" courses, as well as other individual forms of activity (readings, Internet courses), which will allow the students to make up for possible shortcomings.

Important information

Classes and lectures take place in the building of the Faculty of Psychology at Stawki Street and in the "Ochota" campus. The courses are conducted by research workers from the Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, Faculty of Modern Languages, Center of New Technologies and also from Polish Academy od Sciences.

Description of the study programme can be found at: http://cogsci.uw.edu.pl/

Competences of the graduate

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are to prepare primarily for scientific and research work, in the R&D sector, in companies developing new technologies. Through the participation in the work of research teams and through internships in companies from the R&D sector, students have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting research, applying appropriate methods, research techniques and new technologies. Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science provide an opportunity to acquire skills valued by employers on the modern international labour market, such as creation of computational models of cognitive and social phenomena (e.g. decision making), data mining, natural language processing, as well as creation of technologies supporting education, rehabilitation, development and technical solutions aimed at helping people with disabilities.

ECTS Coordinators:

Qualification awarded:

Masters degree in Cognitive Science

Access to further studies:

doctoral school, non-degree postgraduate education

Learning outcomes

The graduate accomplished the following learning outcomes defined for their course of studies:
a) Knowledge:
● has advanced knowledge about the position of Cognitive Science in the system of knowledge and its particularities and methodological links to philosophy, psychology, linguistics, AI and modelling cognitive processes sciences;
● has advanced knowledge about current trends in research in the field of Cognitive Science and related sciences, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, AI and modelling cognitive processes sciences;
● has knowledge about advanced statistical methods used in research in the field of Cognitive Science and knows of selected statistical tools;
● knows at least one programming language at the intermediate level used in research in the field of Cognitive Science and related branches of science;
● has advanced knowledge about human cognitive processes, their neurobiological and neurophysiological foundation, and socio-cultural determinants;
● knows how research equipment used in the field of Cognitive Science and related sciences works (biomedical engineering, biocybernetics);
● knows of selected research paradigms used in cognitive-, developmental-, social- and neuro-psychology, used by Cognitive Science, as well as specialist terminology used in those scientific disciplines;
● has knowledge regarding ethical rules and recognised procedures during scientific research;
● has knowledge of ethical and legal issues regarding using intellectual property, and data collection and processing.
b) Skills:
● can critically assess and evaluate a theoretical notion in the field of Cognitive Science, psychology, philosophy, neurophysiology, linguistics, or mathematics. Can evaluate and review empirical research and drawn conclusions;
● can independently or in a group design and carry out a scientific study in the field of Cognitive Science, psychology, mathematics, neurophysiology, or linguistics (formulate the research problem, question or a hypothesis, perform their operationalisation, and verify using correct methods);
● can prepare and analyze the data describing cognitive phenomena using known IT techniques (selected programming languages), and advanced statistical methods;
● can model select aspects of how the human mind works or cognitive processes using adequate IT and mathematical tools;
● can report on selected issues and research findings in the form of a written report, written using correct editorial standards, and orally, in the form of a presentation, with adequate use of audiovisual aids;
● can discuss about selected issues of Cognitive Science in the field of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, neurophysiology, or neurobiology together with specialists from various scientific disciplines;
● can find needed information in the field of Cognitive Science, psychology, mathematics, neurophysiology, neurobiology, or linguistics in professional literature, databases and other sources;
● uses English on such a level that they can participate in an international professional and scientific community;
● can manage work of an interdisciplinary research team.
c) Social competences:
● understands the importance of knowledge in solving cognitive and practical problems;
● can work together with other people and in groups by adopting different roles;
● can think and act entrepreneurially;
● is aware of and respects the diversity of aims and values held by people; treats other people with respect regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, educational level, social group, religion and culture;
● understands the necessity for continuous learning by regularly familiarizing themselves with scientific publications from various disciplines. Seeks for new methods and sources in order to supplement their knowledge and improve professional skills.

Admission procedures:

Visit the following page for details on admission procedures: https://irk.oferta.uw.edu.pl/