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Cognitive Science – Embodied Cognition | Master/Ph.D.

This research-oriented master’s degree opens up new perspectives on addressing questions related to cognitive science and embodied cognition. Under the two keywords of interdisciplinarity and internationality, young scientists are given the opportunity to develop promising concepts and technologies and to test them in a state-of-the-art research environment.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameCognitive Science – Embodied Cognition
DegreeMaster of Science and/or Ph.D.
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Language of instruction
English
Start of study (1st semester)
Winter semester
CampusGolm

Program Content

The master’s course of study serves to expand and deepen the specialized and methodological skills and knowledge that you attained in your bachelor’s studies. Working on the basis of a subject-specific and interdisciplinary spectrum of methodologies, you are in a position to understand the issues in cognitive process analysis and to develop proposals for solutions. While immersed in a discussion of the latest research findings on embodied cognition, you will work on the modeling of neurocognitive processes and systems. In addition to the mastery of time-controlled stimulus presentation and response measurement, and the computational modulation of intervening bio-cognitive processes, you will gain broad and well-founded knowledge in experimental psychology and psychophysics, especially in the computer-aided implementation of computational models and experimental designs.

You will learn to identify and to experimentally investigate problem fields such as action simulation, attention allocation, interoception, microsaccades, motor control, postural sway, and reading. You will also develop analytical and computational approaches in a way that is adequate to your inquiry. Working together with other team members, you can prepare your research results appropriately for presentation to an international audience.

In the second segment of this program, the focus is on the independent planning and realization of a dissertation project related to cognitive science and embodied cognition. Once this project is completed, the Faculty of Human Sciences awards the candidate the “Doctor of Philosophy” (Ph.D.) degree.

Prof. Martin Fischer, Ph.D.,

"In the Cognitive Sciences at the University of Potsdam we focus on nothing less than the basis of human communication and other complex mental and motor abilities."

Course Objective and Future Career Options

Graduates from our program are ready for scientific careers in the many disciplines that encompass cognitive science, and are also qualified for research and management activities in related scientific fields. Equipped with a broad basis of current knowledge about cognitive processes and their biological and computational foundations, as well as advanced mathematical and methodological skills, they can design complex research projects and experiments, develop hypotheses, and evaluate them on a quantitative basis.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

Your interest in applied mathematics and the biological sciences, as well as curiosity about the neuroscientific and cognitive foundations of human behavior, constitute a solid foundation for beginning your master’s studies.

In general, the prerequisite for master’s studies at the University of Potsdam is an academic degree, such as a bachelor’s degree. Your first degree should be in a subject that is relevant to your course of study, for example in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or linguistics. Bridge modules at the start of the master’s degree provide missing mathematical or experimental training. Therefore, graduates of other related disciplines (e.g., neurobiology, philosophy of mind, biomechanics and sport sciences) might also qualify.

Because this degree program is taught in English, we expect good English skills that correspond at least to the B2 level of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages.

You can read more about the subject-specific admission requirements in the respective admission regulations.

Prof. Martin Fischer, Ph.D.,

"In the Cognitive Sciences at the University of Potsdam we focus on nothing less than the basis of human communication and other complex mental and motor abilities."

Program Structure

The degree program has two components: In the first segment, you earn a total of 120 credit points in the four-semester master’s program. The second segment, the Ph.D. program, includes another 4 semesters. The following overview provides information about the weighting of individual modules and types of courses. For additional information, please consult the subject-specific Degree Regulations or the Departmental Advisory Office.

CONTENT AND CREDIT POINTS (CP)

Modules

Credit points

FIRST SEGMENT
Mandatory modules63 CP

Cognitive Science and Embodied Cognition

Mathematical Modelling in Neurocognitive Psychology 

Neuroscience of Embodied Cognition

Advanced Methods: Experimental Programming

Advanced Methods: Multi-variate Statistics

Individual Research Module

15 CP

9 CP

9 CP

6 CP

9 CP

15 CP

Optional mandatory modules
Modules adding up to 18 credit points must be selected and successfully completed.
18 CP

Developmental Science and Embodiment

Language and Development

Cognitive and Sensorimotor Development

Neurolinguistic Perspectives

Philosophy of Neuroscience and Embodied Cognition

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and the Body

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

6 CP

Bridge Modules*
9 CP

Bridge Module "Experimental Psychological Internship"

Bridge Module: "Applied Mathematics"

9 CP

9 CP

Laboratory Internship
9 CP
Master's Thesis
30 CP
Total120 CP
SECOND SEGMENT
Progress Reports12 CP
Colloquium for Doctoral Candidates12 CP
Cognitive Science Colloquium12 CP
Potsdam Graduate School Courses24 CP
Dissertation and Defense 60 CP
Total
120 CP

* For additional information about the Bridge Modules, please consult the Degree Regulations.  

Contact

Department of Psychology

Dr. Hans Trukenbrod | Departmental Advising

 

Campus Golm | House 14, room 4.37

Advantages at a Glance

Potsdam, as a location for scientific research, allows you to benefit from an outstanding network of research institutions that are active within and beyond the region. Modern institutions and the concept of research-based teaching enable you to study subjects that you have chosen, in a practical way. Potsdam University has a special research focus on cognitive sciences with impressive facilities. The inter-faculty connection of corpus-supported, experimental, and clinical working methods as well as outstanding support from your interdisciplinary team of advisors, benefits your academic prospects.

The University of Potsdam has taken into account the actual conditions among students and introduced the option for part-time study into several degree programs. This also pertains to Cognitive Science - Embodied Cognition. For more information, go to part-time studies at the University of Potsdam.

Application

Have you decided to study the English-language master's degree in Cognitive Science - Embodied Cognition at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Contact

Department of Psychology

Dr. Hans Trukenbrod | Departmental Advising

 

Campus Golm | House 14, room 4.37

This description is based in part on information from the Discipline-Specific Regulations for Study and Examinations for the Master’s and Ph.D. Programs in Cognitive Science – Embodied Cognition at the University of Potsdam dated January 20, 2016.