MA Cognitive Studies

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Renowned academics and an exceptional range of options make Sheffield one of the best places in the world for this subject.

This course gives you the chance to explore several different approaches to understanding the mind: I was able to build on my philosophical background, whilst taking modules from other disciplines, such as psychology and anthropology. As far as I am aware, not many other institutions offer this flexibility and diversity within a taught MA. I would happily recommend both the MA and the department to anyone who is serious about philosophy.

Penelope Orr, MA Cognitive Studies graduate

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

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

You’ll be based in the Department of Philosophy but you’re free to take any MA module in the departments of Archaeology, Human Communication Sciences, Linguistics and Psychology.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy

Core modules

  • Cognitive Studies Seminar
  • Dissertation

Other modules include

  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Current Issues in Psychological Research
  • Evolutionary Primatology
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Hominid Palaeontology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Mind and Language Research Seminar
  • Philosophy of Psychology

Teaching and assessment

Lectures and seminars. Fortnightly supervision for guided reading.

You’ll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation.

If you’re going on to a PhD you may choose to write a PhD proposal.

Course duration

  • 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 grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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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

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Joanne Renshaw
E: j.renshaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0587

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