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    Preparation of a thesis proposal/preliminary thesis research. Normally taken by students in the papers year for a Master’s degree by papers and thesis.

    The MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Otago is the first of its kind in New Zealand, providing an interdisciplinary approach to fundamental and applied questions of cognition within the framework of a single degree. Staff from disciplines of Anatomy, Computer Science, Information Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology and Zoology provide complementary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of cognition. Cognitive science includes study of the foundations of knowledge, biological and electrical systems that represent and use knowledge, and formal models of cognition. In applications, the study of cognitive science can yield improvements in the design of control and communication systems, expert systems and educational software.

    About this paper

    Paper title Master's Thesis Preparation
    Subject Cognitive Science
    EFTS 0.2
    Points 24 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,041.40
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    The main criterion for admission to the MSc Cognitive Science is a suitable background in any one, or a combination, of the following areas:
    • Computer Science
    • Information Science
    • Linguistics
    • Logic
    • Neuroscience
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    In general, students are expected to have gained at least a B- in the major subject of their undergraduate degree (BSc or BA). Course work or degree work undertaken subsequent to a BSc or BA will also be taken into account.

    Teaching staff
    Co-ordinator and Director of the Programme: Professor Liz Franz
    Paper Structure
    This is a MSc degree, which is a two-year programme, with the first year consisting of 400-level papers and the second year consisting of the MSc research project (please see our other MSc programmes for additional information).
    Teaching Arrangements
    Each 400-level paper specifies its own teaching arrangements.
    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will
    • Demonstrate understanding of fundamental issues related to cognition
    • Demonstrate the ability to conduct a research project in an area of cognitive science


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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