Cogs MSc

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 tracks have recently been complemented by cognitive neuroscience research.

Program Aims

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 tracks of the program; i.e. Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. In order to enable students to have a strong and sufficient background for the program, three must courses, namely COGS 501 Linguistics and Formal Languages , COGS 502 Logic and Programming and COGS 503 Introduction to Cognitive Science are offered. Requirements for a MS degree in Cognitive Science Program consist of taking four restricted electives, three free electives, one seminar course and completing a Master’s Thesis. 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.

Students must take COGS 501 - Linguistics and Formal Languages, COGS 502 - Logic and Programming and COGS 503 - Introduction to Cognitive Science courses. Students who have their undergraduate degree from Computer Science are exempted from COGS 502. Students with other undergraduate degrees who believe that they can be exempted from this course because of their knowledge of the content of the course must see the course instructor. Those students who are granted exemption from must courses must take an extra elective for each course replaced as such.

Students should take at least one restricted elective from each track. All courses are offered by METU, except where noted.

Program Structure

  • Courses are grouped into four tracks. These are computer science, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. Each term, the courses offered under each track are announced in the course list.
  • 2 must courses (3 credits each)
  • 1 must course (1 credit)
  • 4 COGS courses (one from each track; 3 credits each) (If a student holds a degree in Cognitive Science, the track constraint does not apply)
  • 3 electives (either from elective list or COGS list, 3 credits each)
  • 1 seminar course (non-credit)
  • Master's Thesis (non-credit)

Admission Requirements

The Cognitive Science Department at METU Informatics Institute welcomes students from various backgrounds and so far has admitted students from departments such as Computer Science and Engineering, Psychology, Philosophy, Foreign Language Education, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Education and Instructional Technology.

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.

  • Minimum requirements for your application to be considered are ALES (EA or SAY) 75 (or equivalent; e.g. GRE Quantitative), BSc GPA 2.0, METU EPE 75 (or equivalent; e.g. TOEFL).
  • Two reference letters.
  • Letter of intent (in English).

(For detailed information about applying to the Informatics Institute, please refer to "Application" page in the main menu.)

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.

Courses

All students are expected to take the following must courses, preferably in their first semester:

  • COGS 501 Linguistics and Formal Languages
  • COGS 502 Logic and Programming
  • COGS 503 Introduction to Cognitive Science

Core courses offered under the computing track are as follows:

  • COGS 511 Computational Models of Mind
  • COGS 512 Cognitive Algorithms
  • COGS 514 Cognition and Machine Learning
  • COGS 515 Artificial Intelligence for Cognitive Science
  • COGS 542 Grammars, Combinators and Cognition
  • COGS 555 Connectionism and Human Behavior

Core courses offered under the psychology track are as follows:

  • COGS 519 The Grounding of Language and Cognition in Perception
  • COGS 524 Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Sign Language
  • COGS 533 Functional Neuroanatomy
  • COGS 534 Cognition Perception and Action
  • COGS 535 Cognitive Development
  • COGS 536 Methods and Statistics for Cognitive Science
  • COGS 537 Dynamical Approaches to Cognitive Science
  • COGS 551 Human Memory
  • COGS 552 Thought and Language Processes
  • COGS 553 Psychology of Reading
  • COGS 554 Auditory Cognition
  • COGS 556 Visual Cognition
  • COGS 557 Situated & Distributed Cognition
  • COGS 558 Thinking, reasoning, problem solving
  • COGS 595 Affective Neuroscience and Computing
  • COGS 757 Neurogenetics of Learning and Memory
  • COGS 758 Time and Cognition

Core courses offered under the linguistics track are as follows:

  • COGS 522 Lexical Semantics
  • COGS 523 Using Corpora for Language Research
  • COGS 525 Cognitive Semantics
  • COGS 528 Discourse Mechanisms
  • COGS 530 Modern Theories of Grammar
  • COGS 531 Language & Cognition
  • COGS 532 Theoretical Linguistics
  • COGS 541 Language Acquisition

Core courses offered under the philosophy track are as follows:

  • COGS 517 Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • COGS 526 Meaning and Logic
  • COGS 527 Dynamic Semantics

Students can also choose among a list of approved non-departmental courses as electives. Some of the courses above and there are counted as multi-track. Please refer to the department for further details.

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