Cognitive Science (Humanities) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Philosophers and scientists have long speculated about the nature of the human mind and the role of language in making the human mind what it is. Recent developments, across fields as diverse as robotics, brain imaging, anthropology and speech technology, bring a host of new perspectives to our quest to understand our own inner workings. Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary attempt to understand the human mind. It focuses on abilities such as:

  • reasoning
  • perception
  • memory
  • awareness
  • emotion
  • attention
  • judgement
  • motor control
  • language use
Cognitive science brings together and forms connections between these abilities, through the use of methods such as:
  • computer modelling
  • linguistic analysis
  • philosophical reasoning
  • robotics
  • neuroimaging
  • psychological experiments
It brings together scholars from linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and computer science. Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh played a key role in founding this discipline, by enriching long-standing connections between the disciplines that contribute to the study of human cognition. You will be taught by the researchers who both laid the foundations, and are still making key advances in the field. The programme content is regularly reviewed to ensure you learn about current developments. Our Cognitive Science (Humanities) programme requires you to complete a selection of basic courses covering material in:
  • linguistics
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • computer science
Our goal is to help you come to a broad understanding of issues, such as the:
  • relationship between language and thought
  • relationship between mind and brain
  • philosophical implications of our increasing ability to look inside the working brain and to model its activities in computers and robots

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)92Total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English AdvancedTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Cambridge English ProficiencyTotal 176 with at least 162 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with distinctions in all four components.
PTE Academic62Total 62 with at least 54 in each component.

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies. For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £34800* Year 1
International £34800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Cognitive Science (Humanities) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS