Studying Cognitive Science

Since October 2019, TU Darmstadt offers a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Cognitive Science. The central tenet of Cognitive Science is that the human mind is essentially an information processing system. In order to understand thinking, cognitive scientists try to understand the various ways that minds process information to produce intelligent behavior.

In order to build models of human cognition they carefully describe human behavior using methods from experimental psychology but they also use tools from computer science and mathematics to formally describe the underlying information processing. As cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence share the common goal to understand the information processing that underlies intelligence, courses from these two disciplines form the core of the Cognitive Science curriculum at TU Darmstadt.

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They are supplemented by introductory courses to neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Compared to other Cognitive Science programs there is a much stronger focus on computer science, mathematics and AI at TU Darmstadt.

The Cognitive Science program is organized by the Department of Human Sciences in close cooperation with several other departments — Computer Science, Biology, and History and Social Sciences — to cover the full interdisciplinary spectrum of Cognitive Science.

You are interested in applying for Cognitive Science?

Please follow the subsequent links to the official and up-to-date information. For personal advice, please contact the Central Student Counselling Service (ZSB).

Personal advice:

  • ZSB – Central Student Counselling Service / Zentrale Studienberatung und -orientierung

Official information on the programme, admission requirements, further contacts:

Course modules (Module Handbook) for both the B.Sc. and the M.Sc.:

Additional information for international degree-seeking students

Additional Q&As for TU Darmstadt students