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  • Foreign: Free
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 Tháng bảy
    Studies in the Cognitive Science Master's programme cover multiple aspects of cognition, such as perception, attention, memory, learning, problem-solving, reasoning, emotions and language.
    We are concerned with questions related to how these cognitive abilities are realised in biological or in artificial systems and how such systems are organised. In addition, complex information processing systems like teaching systems and spoken language dialogue systems are treated from a design and implementation perspective, including human-computer interface aspects.

    Students will choose two specialisation areas from:
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Linguistics and Computational Linguistics
    • Neuroinformatics and Robotics
    • Neuroscience
    • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition

    Educational organisation

    The Master's programme amounts to 120 credits according to ECTS, 30 of which are awarded for the Master's thesis. In the second and third semesters, students participate in a one-year study project. The Master's programme is completed with a Master's thesis in the fourth semester.
    Of 90 ECTS credits necessary for your Master's examination:
    • 16 ECTS credits are from each of your specialisation areas
    • 12 ECTS credits are from interdisciplinary courses within the cognitive science programme
    • 24 ECTS credits are from your study project
    Of the remaining 22 ECTS credits, at least 14 ECTS credits have to be from cognitive science courses.

    Integrated graduate programme:
    Students with outstanding results may be admitted to the PhD programme after their first year in the Master's programme.

    One-year study project:
    Groups of five to ten students carry out a research project under conditions very much like those of regular research. Project themes cover all cognitive science areas, and there is a focus on interdisciplinary cooperation.

    Lab rotation:
    Students participate for at least one week in each of the research labs to become familiar with everyday life in the labs.

    Joint Cognitive Science Master's degree programme Osnabrück - Trento/Rovereto:
    Students from Osnabrück and students from Trento have the opportunity to study at the partner university for two semesters. This exchange will result in a joint Master's degree from both universities providing career opportunities in a united Europe.

    Internships

    None

    Forms of assessment

    Examinations in the study project and each of the two focus areas must be passed before admittance to the final examination.

    Course objectives

    Students of cognitive science acquire interdisciplinary know-how, which enables them to deal effectively with complex tasks. They develop the analytical skills required for the investigation of given problems and learn to design, conduct and evaluate experiments to collect relevant empirical data. They learn to structure obtained knowledge analytically and empirically, to formalise it, to model it on the computer and to produce constructive software solutions. They are taught to apply these skills in all areas that require modelling aspects of cognitive behaviour such as perception, learning, knowledge representation and language. Master's students gain full expertise in their two specialisation areas and are trained to carry out independent research.

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    Language requirements

    Students are required to have a good command of English from the beginning of their studies in order to understand lectures, participate in discussions and take examinations. Proficiency in English is to be proved through a passed IELTS exam (with at least 5.0 points) or by equivalent certificates of qualification. Written confirmation of eight years of English at school with an average mark of at least 3.0 according to the German marking system (or an equivalent mark) from the two final school years also suffices to meet the requirements.

    Academic requirements

    Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in cognitive science (or a comparable degree) in order to study cognitive science in the Master's programme at Osnabrück University.
    Applicants with a Bachelor's degree (or comparable degree) in artificial intelligence, biology, computer science, (computational) linguistics, mathematics, neurosciences, philosophy or psychology may be admitted to the Master's programme.
    Students are required to have a good command of English from the beginning of their studies in order to understand lectures, participate in discussions and take examinations. Proficiency in English is to be proved through a passed IELTS exam (with at least 5.0 points) or by equivalent certificates of qualification. Written confirmation of eight years of English at school with an average mark of at least 3.0 according to the German marking system (or an equivalent mark) from the two final school years also suffices to meet the requirements.

    Enrolment fees

    In addition to the tuition fee, students have to pay an enrolment fee of approx. 330 EUR.
    (For students receiving a scholarship from a German funding organisation, enrolment fees are reduced.) Students must provide proof of health insurance upon registration.

    Costs of living

    The costs of living for students are currently estimated at a minimum of 670 EUR per month.

    Job opportunities

    Students may be employed as student assistants.

    Arrival support

    At the beginning of each semester, the International Office offers all new international students a pick-up service and an orientation week ("Welcome Week"), which enables new students to complete all official formalities, to become acquainted with the city and university, and to get to know other international and German students.

    Services and support for international students

    The International Office offers diverse services for international students, e.g. the international cultural programme "JOIN-OS" offering day trips, theatre visits, Christmas dinner, etc.
    The intercultural mentoring programme at Osnabrück University ("imos") provides new international students with social and subject-specific support by a fellow student and an academic staff member.

    Accommodation

    The Accommodation Office of the Student Services ("Studentenwerk") offers rooms in dormitories and also helps students find private rooms and flats. Costs for a single room in a student dormitory are approx. 150-250 EUR per month.
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