PhD in Cognitive Science

Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science offers the students an opportunity to conduct research in different domains such as Mind Perception, Action and Perception, Curiosity, Consciousness and Cognition, Attention, Affective Computing, Motor Control, and Learning, Movement Disorders, Brain Lateralization, Decision Making, Neuroinformatics, Sequence Learning, Category Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Serious Gaming, and Road Safety.

The students primarily work with an advisor to conduct the research. The students will have ample opportunities to work with different faculty members on projects to be taken as a course requirement. Please refer to admission for more information on the application procedure and general institutional requirements of Ph.D. program.

MSc in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field with applications in a number of fields like medical neuroscience, neural prosthetics, development of Artificial Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning, Behavioral Economics, and NeuroMarketing. The objective of the Master’s program in Cognitive Science is to offer students from different backgrounds, access to a breadth of knowledge and research techniques in a wide range of areas in Cognitive Science.

The program will follow a structure of four semesters with a total of eighty credits required for graduation. The basic framework of the curriculum includes core courses, electives, and a research project. The program places a strong emphasis on both- coursework and a research project.

Core Courses:

The core courses establish a strong foundation for students coming from different backgrounds by offering a holistic understanding of cognitive science as a field of study. These courses equip students with a wide range of perspectives and approaches to cognition, the brain, and the mind.

The list of core courses:

Cognitive Psychology | Computation and Cognition | Philosophy of Mind |Fundamental Neuroscience |Research Methods | Experimental Techniques in Cognitive Science


Keeping in mind the interdisciplinary spirit of Cognitive Science, the course offers a broad range of electives: 

Learning and Memory | Perception and Attention | Cognition & Emotion | Behavioural Economics| Decision making | Artificial Intelligence | Nature Inspired Computing | Computational Neuroscience | Introduction to Paleoneuropsychology | Cognition and Culture – Anthropological Perspectives on the Human Mind | Neurorehabilitation | NeuroDesign | Phenomenology | Computational Approaches to Animal Intelligence | Brain Imaging Methods | Human-Robot Interaction | Science Communication | Cognitive Linguistics

The MSc program places a strong emphasis on both course work and research project. The Research project is compulsory for the award of an MSc degree. It is expected that the thesis project will result in high-quality scholarly publications and national and international conference presentations.

Minor in Cognitive Science

Minor in Cognitive Science is offered to undergraduate students in engineering disciplines. The objective of the minor program is to facilitate the richer appreciation of cognitive functions (learning, reasoning, planning, creativity, and decision making among others), research methods and experimental techniques (behavioral, psychophysical, psychophysiological, neuroscientific, and computational). The minor in Cognitive Science would be a live example of how the research and teaching in Natural Sciences, Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences could be complementary to each other.

The following are some of the courses, which could be counted towards a minor in Cognitive Science.

Foundations of Cognitive science | Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology | Computational Models of Cognition | Philosophy of Mind | Biology of Neural &Cognitive Processes | Cognition & Emotion | Perception & Experience | Human Computer Interaction | Affective Computing | Learning & Decision making | Computational Neuroscience | Neuroimaging Methods | Introduction to Paleoneuropsychology | Cognition and Culture – Anthropological perspectives on the Human Mind

There could be courses which would be added to this list as and when they are available. Additionally, students may also have an opportunity to do a project-based course (worth 4 credits) with any of the faculty members working in the area of Cognitive Science at IITGN.