MSc programme

Introduction to the MSc programme


Frequently Asked Questions

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The Centre currently offers a Master program (M.Sc.) in Cognitive Science, the first such course in the field of Cognitive Science in India. The master program was launched in 2002.

The goal of the teaching program is to help to develop a richer appreciation of the mental processes as well as laws and principles that govern them. The focus is on mental processes including consciousness, perception, attention, knowledge acquisition, memory, decision making, reasoning, emotions, actions, creativity and several other aspects of the mind studied through methodologies encompassing psychology, neuroscience and computer science. There is a strong emphasis on research projects and exposure to various theoretical and experimental studies in Cognitive Science. Course work is interdisciplinary with courses spanning Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Computational Modelling, Linguistics, and Philosophy. The Centre and the University provide an ideal environment for study and research in Cognitive Science.

The admission to MSc Cognitive Science at CBCS is subject to the candidates securing 55% marks for General and 50% for OBC/SC/ST or equivalent in their udergraduate degree. Admission is based on the merit obtained in the Cognitive Science Joint Entrance Test (COGJET) and interview.


Fees payable: As per University of Allahabad rules. Currently the University fees payable is around 2500 INR / year only (for Indian Students) making it a very financially affordable program in addition to its quality.

Course structure

The Centre offers a Master (M.Sc.) Program in Cognitive Science of four semesters duration. The credits shall be earned by course-work as well as by completing the Master’s Thesis. The courses in semesters comprise Core (compulsory) and Elective (optional) courses. A large number of elective courses are available and the student would have considerable flexibility in choosing the electives. Students may opt for electives in consultation with the Course Advisory Committee (CAC).

Students are required to be involved in research work as part of their Master thesis spanning two semesters. They are encouraged to write research papers for publication, and to make presentation in seminars and conferences. The research/thesis work shall culminate in a Dissertation to be submitted at the end of the fourth semester. A course may be divided into modular units and co-taught by two or more experts.

I Semester

Mathematical Methods for Cognitive Science
Introduction to Cognition
Principles of Neuroscience
Research Methods
Introduction to Programming and algorithms

II Semester

Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Computational Models of Cognition
Decision Making

III Semester

Culture and Cognition
Elective 1
Elective 2

IV Semester

Philosophy of Mind
Elective 3
Elective 4

List of Electives

Cognitive Development
Social Cognition
Neuropsychological Testing
Cognitive Disorders
Advanced Statistics
Multivariate Analysis
Speech Perception and Production
Language and Cognition
Cognitive Linguistics
Cognitive Robotics
Multisensory Integration
Computational Neuroscience
Computational Vision
Computational Linguistics
Connectionist Modelling
Dynamical Cognitive Science
Brain Imaging
Pattern Recognition
Advanced Signal Processing
Usability Testing
Brain Computer Interfaces
Special Topic in Cognitive Science