Cognitive Science

Bachelor of Science; tuition language: German

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The central tenet of Cognitive Science is that the human mind is essentially an information processing system. In order to understand human thinking, cognitive scientists try to 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 to formally describe the underlying information processing. Cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence form the core of the Cognitive Science curriculum at Technical University of Darmstadt. They are supplemented by introductory courses to neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy.

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Semesters 6
Language German. Individual courses can be offered in English. Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited in English or other foreign languages.
Start of studies Winter semester
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Master's Programmes

Please note that for the admission to the M.Sc. Cognitive Science the language level C 1 English is required. For non-consecutive courses of study (i.e. with a Bachelor's degree in a subject or field of study other than the desired Master's degree) or for applicants from other universities:. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental student advisory service of the Department of Human Sciences.

Cognitive Science, M.Sc.

Career fields for graduates of the Bachelor of Science Cognitive Science fall into the fields of business and industry as well as the social sector.

In the field of economics and industry, the topics are ergonomics and artificial intelligence as well as their interfaces to information technology, e.g. cognitively oriented communication technology, communication and interaction consulting, specification, design and evaluation of human-machine interfaces as well as general development, implementation and evaluation of intelligent systems.

In the social field, this includes consulting in the area of computer-aided group formation, research into socially distributed cognition or support for intercultural communication (“applied cognitive anthropology”). Further fields of application are the personalized and adaptive design of stationary and mobile training applications in sports, prevention and rehabilitation.

Future intelligent systems and their application will require the interdisciplinary cooperation of e.g. computer scientists, roboticians, designers and psychologists. Fields of activity for graduates of Cognitive Science can take over partial tasks in such interdisciplinary mixed teams and support them.

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