UniversityUniversity of Otago
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Feb 2025
University of Otago
The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields of research, or to begin to develop new areas.
Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Science
Papers and Thesis
COGS 495 Master's Thesis Preparation
Papers worth 80 points from:
COGS 515 Special Topic
INFO 411 Machine Learning and Data Mining
COSC 420 Neural Networks
COSC 421 Neural Models and Language
COSC 422 Computational Neuroscience
PSYC 424 Contexts of Development
PSYC 429 Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 435 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 437 Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar
ZOOL 412 Neurobiology and Behaviour
COGS 5 (thesis)
Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.
Duration of the Programme
A candidate achieving the degree by papers and a thesis shall normally follow a programme for the equivalent of not less than two years of full-time study and not more than three years of full-time study, and a candidate achieving the degree by thesis alone shall normally follow a programme of study for the equivalent of not less than one year of full-time study and not more than two years of full-time study. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
Intake: Anytime for thesis-only option.
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
Every applicant must either
An applicant seeking admission to the thesis-only option of the programme (see regulation 2(c) below) on the basis of the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or equivalent must have achieved a grade of at least B+ for the research report, thesis preparation, or dissertation requirement of the qualification concerned.
In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme.
English language requirements