News for students:

  • The application portal is now open
  • Office Hours for Skype Interviews:
    for the new Cognitive Science Students only starting in Sept./Oct. 2017.
    Please send an email in advance to arrange a skype meeting but only if you received an official letter of acceptance for the program:
    Dr. Tobias Starzak: Tobias.Starzak@rub.de
    Prof. Dr. Albert Newen: Albert.Newen@rub.de

What is cognitive science? An invitation to study in Bochum

The program of the master 'Cognitive Science' is interdisciplinary and international with a curriculum completely offered in English.

Cognitive Science is a dynamic, interdisciplinary area of research. The driving questions within Cognitive Science focus on the theoretical understanding and empirical investigation of cognitive phenomena, e.g.:

  • What are the basic mechanisms of learning, forgetting, and remembering?
  • What are the principles of action guidance in humans, and how do we understand the actions of others?
  • What is the role of emotions in cognitive processing?
  • What are the neural processes underlying object recognition?
  • What does it mean to possess concepts and to be rational?
  • How did the cognitive capacities of humans and animals evolve?

The new 2-year Master Cognitive Science at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) offers a unique opportunity to enter into the fascinating field of cognitive science. It combines systematic and empirical approaches from philosophy, psychology, neuro-informatics, psychiatry and the neurosciences. Students will be trained to use and combine different methodological approaches in order to gain new insights in key problems in the field of cognitive science and generate interdisciplinary solutions to solve them.

Key topics of research in the Master Cognitive Science at RUB are:

  • Social Cognition
  • Learning and Memory
  • Perception and Action
  • Language, Logic and Categories

Key methods of research in the Master Cognitive Science at RUB include:

  • Behavioral and Neuroimaging Studies
  • Statistical Analysis / Experimental Psychology Lab
  • Basic and Advanced Logic
  • Computational Modeling

Further information: