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Cognitive science, full-time, second cycle

Organizational unit Faculty of Psychology
Field of studies Cognitive Science
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 15
Admission limit 45
Duration 2 years
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Required documents
  • Higher education
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Programme outlines

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are a continuation of first-cycle studies in Cognitive Science conducted in Polish by the University of Warsaw. The curriculum content of the first-cycle program forms the basis for further development of students' knowledge and skills during second-cycle studies. At the same time, the programme is structured in a way that graduates of other fields of studies can also take part in it, provided that they fulfil differences in competences.

The second-cycle Cognitive Science programme is significantly more advanced than the first-cycle program, as well as more specific. It focuses on two areas (in the form of two "thematic paths") of empirical research in cognitive science and related sciences. After the first semester, students choose one of the paths which programme becomes obligatory for them.

  1. Within the neurocognitive path, students gain in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge of the cerebral basis (and broader - biological) of cognitive processes, the use of modern techniques for studying brain activity as well as planning and analyzing research while using them. While learning about modern methods of supporting development and education, diagnosis and rehabilitation, students also learn how to use new technologies to improve the cognitive functioning of people.
  2. As part of the computational path, students gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the basics and methods of modelling cognitive, language and social, processes. Emphasis is placed on the human behaviour and its products as well as on the cultural, environmental factors determining it. Hence the stress is put on the natural language and its processing in this path. Creating computational models explaining cognitive and social phenomena (eg. decision making), analysis of data, data mining and natural language processing are skills that are more and more demanded on the labour market.

Obligatory introductory courses (26% ECTS) and the choice of one of two paths (13% ECTS) ensure the necessary minimum level of skills that a modern cognitive scientist should be equipped with. At the same time, there is a high level of flexibility and freedom in shaping students' own course of study (over 50% of ECTS), which also allows interested students to fully or partially complete both paths.

A particularly important feature of the Master's in Cognitive Science programme is that regardless of the path chosen, the education is closely related to the research conducted by the participating teams and it is in cooperation with the companies offering internships. Thus the students participate in the work of selected teams and external companies (26% ECTS) gaining practical experience.

Another unique feature of the curriculum is the individual approach to students by introducing a tutor from the first year. The tutor is to analyze student's previous experience and to select appropriate "compensatory" courses, as well as other individual forms of activity (readings, Internet courses), which will allow the students to make up for possible shortcomings.

Important information

Classes and lectures take place in the building of the Faculty of Psychology at Stawki Street and in the "Ochota" campus. The courses are conducted by research workers from the Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, Faculty of Modern Languages, Center of New Technologies and also from Polish Academy od Sciences.

Description of the study programme can be found at:

Competences of the graduate

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are to prepare primarily for scientific and research work, in the R&D sector, in companies developing new technologies. Through the participation in the work of research teams and through internships in companies from the R&D sector, students have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting research, applying appropriate methods, research techniques and new technologies. Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science provide an opportunity to acquire skills valued by employers on the modern international labour market, such as creation of computational models of cognitive and social phenomena (e.g. decision making), data mining, natural language processing, as well as creation of technologies supporting education, rehabilitation, development and technical solutions aimed at helping people with disabilities.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish diplomas

You can apply for studies if you have a bachelor's degree, master's degree, engineer's degree or equivalent.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence that their command of the English language is sufficient (at least B2 level, documented by one of the certificates from this list:

The applicant is qualified on the basis of a written entrance examination in English. The exam covers the content of the readings listed below.

The maximum score of the entrance examination is 100. Within the current admission limit applicants will be qualified on the basis of their exam score, which shall not be lower than 60%.

List of readings:

The entrance exam measures the basic knowledge of cognitive science and formal logic, as well as the ability of critical reading of scientific papers. It will be a single-choice test based on the following readings:

Bermúdez, J. L. (2014). Cognitive science: an introduction to the science of the mind Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chpts 1.1. - 2.3., pp. 5-55

Chpts 4.1. - 4.3., pp. 87-98

Chpt 8, pp. 209-235

Chpts 11.1. - 11.3., 11.5, pp. 315-336, 343-346

Chpts 12.2-12.6, pp. 361-395

Chpt 13.1., 13.3, pp. 404-411, 420-429

Fabbri, M., Guarini, A. (2016). Finger counting habit and spatial–numerical association in children and adults. Consciousness and Cognition, 40, 45-53.

Fodor, J. A. (1981). The mind-body probem. Scientific American, 244 (1), 114-123.

Partee, B. H., ter Meulen, A., Wall, R. E. (1990). Mathematical methods in linguistics. Dordrecht: Kluver Academic.

Chpt 6, pp. 99-130

Chpt 7.1. – 7.4, 7.6 – 7.8, pp. 137-165, 170-175

Tenenbaum, J. B., Kemp, C., Griffiths, T. L., Goodman, N. D. (2011). How to Grow a Mind: Statistics, Structure, and Abstraction. Science, 331, 1279-1285.


Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

Candidates are qualified on the same rules as applicable to candidates with Polish diplomas.

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Date of the exam: 17th of September, 2019., 11 a.m.

Exam will take place at Faculty of Psychology, Stawki 5/7 Street, 00-183 Warsaw, room 408, (4th floor)

If you are abroad, you can take a distance entrance exam. To do so, please, download the request form (you can find it here), print it out, sign it and send the scan back to by September 17th.

The distance exam will take place at the same time as the standard entrance exam.

Announcement of results: 20th of September, 2019

Reception of documents:

  • I round: 23rd of September, 2019, (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), 24th of September, 2019, (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 26th of September, 2019, (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
  • III round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during II round): 30th of September, 2019, (12 a.m.-2 p.m.)



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies


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