The entire curriculum is offered in English.
However, some optional classes with German as the teaching language can be attended as well.
Attendance on-site is mandatory for certain classes.
Before the actual courses start in the beginning of October, there are on-campus preparatory courses that you should attend.
15 July for the following winter semester
RUB registration portal opens approx. mid-May/beginning of June.
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 two-year Master's programme in Cognitive Science at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) offers a unique opportunity to enter into the fascinating field of cognitive science. It combines systematic and empirical approaches from philosophy, psychology, neural computation, psychiatry and the neurosciences. Students will be trained to use and combine different methodological approaches in order to gain new insights into key problems in the field of cognitive science and generate interdisciplinary solutions to solve them.
Key topics of research in the Master's programme in Cognitive Science at RUB are:
- social cognition
- learning and memory
- perception and action
- language, logic and categories
Key methods of research in the Master's programme in Cognitive Science at RUB include:
- philosophical theory formation
- behavioural and neuroimaging studies
- statistical analysis/experimental psychology lab
- basic and advanced logic
- computational modelling
The programme is formally hosted by the Faculty of Psychology, but relies on strong interaction between several departments. Therefore, we can offer interdisciplinary classes as well as hands-on research experience in philosophy, psychology, neural computation, psychiatry and the neurosciences.