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Cognitive Science, full-time, second cycle

Organizational unit Faculty of Psychology
Field of studies Cognitive Science
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 15
Admission limit 20
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address
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There is currently no active phase for this programme.

Past phases in this registration:
  • Phase 1 (07.06.2021 00:00 – 05.07.2021 23:59)

Upcoming phases in this registration:
  • Phase 2 (10.08.2021 00:00 – 13.09.2021 23:59)

Programme outlines

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are a continuation of first-cycle studies in Cognitive Science conducted in Polish by the University of Warsaw. The curriculum content of the first-cycle program forms the basis for further development of students' knowledge and skills during second-cycle studies. At the same time, the programme is structured in a way that graduates of other fields of studies can also take part in it, provided that they fulfil differences in competences.

The second-cycle Cognitive Science programme is significantly more advanced than the first-cycle program, as well as more specific. It focuses on two areas (in the form of two "thematic paths") of empirical research in cognitive science and related sciences. After the first semester, students choose one of the paths which programme becomes obligatory for them.

  1. Within the neurocognitive path, students gain in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge of the cerebral basis (and broader - biological) of cognitive processes, the use of modern techniques for studying brain activity as well as planning and analyzing research while using them. While learning about modern methods of supporting development and education, diagnosis and rehabilitation, students also learn how to use new technologies to improve the cognitive functioning of people.
  2. As part of the computational path, students gain in-depth knowledge and skills in the basics and methods of modelling cognitive, language and social, processes. Emphasis is placed on the human behaviour and its products as well as on the cultural, environmental factors determining it. Hence the stress is put on the natural language and its processing in this path. Creating computational models explaining cognitive and social phenomena (eg. decision making), analysis of data, data mining and natural language processing are skills that are more and more demanded on the labour market.

Obligatory introductory courses (26% ECTS) and the choice of one of two paths (13% ECTS) ensure the necessary minimum level of skills that a modern cognitive scientist should be equipped with. At the same time, there is a high level of flexibility and freedom in shaping students' own course of study (over 50% of ECTS), which also allows interested students to fully or partially complete both paths.

A particularly important feature of the Master's in Cognitive Science programme is that regardless of the path chosen, the education is closely related to the research conducted by the participating teams and it is in cooperation with the companies offering internships. Thus the students participate in the work of selected teams and external companies (26% ECTS) gaining practical experience.

Another unique feature of the curriculum is the individual approach to students by introducing a tutor from the first year. The tutor is to analyze student's previous experience and to select appropriate "compensatory" courses, as well as other individual forms of activity (readings, Internet courses), which will allow the students to make up for possible shortcomings.

Important information

Classes and lectures take place in the building of the Faculty of Psychology at Stawki Street and in the "Ochota" campus. The courses are conducted by research workers from the Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, Faculty of Modern Languages, Center of New Technologies and also from Polish Academy od Sciences.

Description of the study programme can be found at:

Competences of the graduate

Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science in English are to prepare primarily for scientific and research work, in the R&D sector, in companies developing new technologies. Through the participation in the work of research teams and through internships in companies from the R&D sector, students have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting research, applying appropriate methods, research techniques and new technologies. Second-cycle studies in Cognitive Science provide an opportunity to acquire skills valued by employers on the modern international labour market, such as creation of computational models of cognitive and social phenomena (e.g. decision making), data mining, natural language processing, as well as creation of technologies supporting education, rehabilitation, development and technical solutions aimed at helping people with disabilities.


Admission rules for candidates with Polish and foreign diplomas

Candidates can apply for studies if they have a bachelor's degree, master's degree, engineer's degree or equivalent.

Candidates are qualified on the basis of the written qualification exam conducted in English language.

The written exam covers the content of the readings, the list of which will be published on the Internet Recruitment of Candidates website as well as on the UW Cognitive Science programme website.

Maximum number of points from the qualification exam: 100. Within the current admission limit applicants will be qualified on the basis of their exam score, which shall not be lower than 60%.

Literature for the exam


Admission procedure for candidates with foreign diplomas

The admissions criteria are the same as for candidates with Polish diplomas.


Checking the Candidates' competences to undertake studies conducted in English language

Candidates are obliged to hold an accepted by the UW document confirming English language knowledge at least at B2 level.

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Date of the exam: 21st of September, 2021 (the exam will be held online)

Announcement of results: 24th of September 2021

Reception of documents:

  • I round: 27th-28th of September, 2021
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 29th-30th of September, 2021



Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)

The studies are payable for citizens of Non-UE/EFTA countries (EEA parties) and Switzerland - tuition fees


Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies


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