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Programme description The rapidly developing sciences of the mind confront us with fascinating questions concerning representation, meaning, consciousness, subjectivity and the scientific process itself ? questions that require philosophical insight and skill to answer. This MA gives you a unique opportunity to explore these fundamental issues, and to acquire skills necessary for advancing our understanding of ourselves. This MA has strong connections with the world-famous Centre for Research in Cognitive Science (COGS), which provides a highly active and interdisciplinary environment involving linguists, cognitive psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists and AI (artificial intelligence) researchers. Philosophers in COGS interact regularly with these other researchers, whose work includes the areas of symbolic AI, connectionism, evolutionary robotics, dynamic systems explanations of cognition, and AI. Interdisciplinary dialogue is encouraged by weekly research seminars, including the popular Philosophy Society meetings. Weekly E-Intentionality work-in-progress seminars teach both general research skills and those specific to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, and acquaint you with the research philosophers in COGS. The career development of students on this programme has shown it to be an excellent preparation for doctoral-level research. Applicant profiles Applicants come from arts and science backgrounds, with undergraduate studies in philosophy or a subject related to cognitive science, such as psychology, linguistics, neuroscience or computing. Funding EU applicants can apply for an AHRC studentship. Refer to the Funding section. Programme structure Autumn term: you take the compulsory courses Philosophy of Cognitive Science I: Concepts and Cognitive Science and Academic Development. You also take one option from the list of autumn term courses from the MA in Philosophy or two options from: Computer Vision Conceptual Projection in Thought and Language Formal Computational Skills Intelligence in Animals and Machines Introduction to Cognitive Ergonomics Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics Natural Language Processing and Programming Techniques. Spring term: you take the compulsory course Philosophy of Cognitive Science II: Mind Embodied and Embedded. You also take either Emotion and Consciousness, or Language in Human Psychology, and one option from the list of spring-term courses from the MA in Philosophy or two options from: Adaptive Systems AI Programming Cognitive Approaches to Grammar Cognitive Linguistic Typology Dynamics of Development From Signal to Behaviour Interactive Learning Environments Language and Space Neural Networks and Simulation of Adaptive Behaviour. Not all options are available every year. Additional options may be available. Summer term: you undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation. Assessment You are assessed by essays (and, depending on your choice of options, unseen examinations, programming projects and group projects) and a 20,000-word dissertation. Part-time programmes The part-time structure for each programme is as follows: Year 1 In each of the autumn and spring terms you take two courses. In the summer term you undertake work on the dissertation. Year 2 You take two courses in the autumn term. In the spring and summer terms you complete work on the dissertation.

Programme description The rapidly developing sciences of the mind confront us with fascinating questions concerning representation, meaning, consciousness, subjectivity and the scientific process itself ? questions that require philosophical insight and skill to answer. This MA gives you a unique opportunity to explore these fundamental issues, and to acquire skills necessary for advancing our...

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