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Cognitive Studies

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Explore the cutting-edge field of cognitive science, in which philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and anthropology come together to discover how the mind works.
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Course description

An opportunity to explore this cutting-edge field, where philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and anthropology come together to discover how the mind works.

You’ll be based in the Department of Philosophy but free to take relevant modules in the departments of psychology, linguistics, human communication sciences, archaeology and music.

With an extensive programme of events and research seminars, excellent facilities and more than 20 expert cognitive scientists working across the University, Sheffield is an exceptional place to study this exciting field. 


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Cognitive Studies Seminar
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • Fundamentals of Cognition
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Human Evolution
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • Language and Communication
  • Language Disorders
  • Mind and Language Research Seminar
  • Neuroimaging
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Qualitative Data Collection
  • Statistics for Psychology
  • Topics in Music Psychology


You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Assessment varies depending on modules. For philosophy modules, you’ll write a long essay for each module. You will also write a final dissertation. If you’re going on to a PhD, you may choose to write a PhD proposal.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a first-class or 2:1 honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University's studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.

Department's Postgraduate funding opportunities page


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.