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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. 

Intercalation

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

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Modules

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

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Assessment

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.

Duration

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

Entry requirements

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

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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

Apply

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

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Contact

phi-pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0587

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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