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