Cognitive Science M.S. (offered by Cognitive Science Department)

Introduction

The objective of our graduate programs is to offer students with different backgrounds breadth of knowledge and research techniques in a wide range of areas in Cognitive Science, but not restricted to the areas of expertise of our staff.

The Cognitive Science Program at METU Informatics Institute brings together the research and teaching of academicians in computer engineering, psychology, philosophy and linguistics. It aims to extend its interdisciplinary links to as many parts of METU as possible, as well as to other universities in Turkey and abroad. It aims to develop a collaborative atmosphere that attracts researchers and postgraduate students interested in all aspects of cognition.

The training we offer in Cognitive Science is theoretically and methodologically oriented. It is interdisciplinary and includes a whole range of applications, as manifested by our various research activities and labs. Four disciplines are represented in the graduate programs of Cognitive Science at METU. Cognitive Psychology studies deal with cognitive processes such as memory, attention, perception, action and reasoning through empirical research on human behavior. Linguistics investigates the nature of human language and its manifestation as a mental ability. Computer Science creates computational models of cognitive processes for purposes of understanding similar abilities in humans and designing intelligent systems. Philosophy addresses questions about the essential nature of mind, knowledge, representation, and language. These traditional groups have recently been complemented by cognitive neuroscience research.

Program Aims

The MSc program in Cognitive Science at METU Informatics Institute provides extensive interdisciplinary training as it enables students to enroll in courses from various disciplines. Some of the courses offered in various groups are:

  • Computing group: Computational Models of Mind, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence for Cognitive Science, Neuroimaging: Anatomy, Physiology and Function of the Human Brain
  • Linguistics group: Theoretical Linguistics, Lexical Semantics, Language and Cognition, Language Acquisition, Syntax, Semantics and Computation: Combinatory Categorial Grammar
  • Psychology group: Cognitive Development, Human Memory, Cognition, Perception and Action, Statistics and Research Methods
  • Philosophy group: Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Meaning and Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Logic, Topics in Epistemology

The Cognitive Science Department at METU Informatics Institute offers an MS degree in Cognitive Science. The MS program provides an interdisciplinary training in Cognitive Science, in which the students should take courses from each of the four groups of the program; i.e. Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. The seminar courses provide students with perspectives on different research areas and recent investigations in Cognitive Science. All courses at the Cognitive Science Department are very intensive and provide individually-centered training with relatively low numbers of students, usually ranging from 6-16 students.

Which Program to Apply? How to prepare LOI

The department has prepared the following guidelines to help you decide which program to apply, including possibilites for transfer between programs.

Please read it carefully and prepare the letter of intent accordingly.

Program Structure

  • Courses are grouped into four groups. These are computer science, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. Each term, the courses offered under each group are announced in the course list.
  • 3 must courses (if not taken in the M.S. or exempted): COGS501 (3 credits), COGS502 (3 credits) and COGS500 (0 credit)
  • 4 COGS courses (one from each group; 3 credits each) (If a student holds a degree in Cognitive Science, the group constraint does not apply)
  • 1 elective (either from elective list or COGS list, 3 credits )
  • 1 seminar course (0 credit)
  • Master's Thesis (0 credit)

The list of Courses based on COGS's groups are listed graduate course list.

Admission Requirements

Application Criteria for Informatics Institute

Career Prospects

Language technology, innovative uses of computers, man-machine interfaces, academic track on Cognitive Science or related disciplines, such as Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy.

Links

From the Head of The Department and Information on Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science Colloquia are held throughout the year and consist of seminars/talks given by invited speakers from various universities, as well as seminars by the METU staff or our own PhD students:

As part of the METU Informatics Institute Seminar Series, Cognitive Science faculty invites nationally and internationally renowned speakers and organizes seminars on Cognitive Science and related fields.

List of the past seminars

Contact for Admissions

Mr. Hakan Güler | Admissions Office | Tel: 03122103743 | email: mhakang@metu.edu.tr