Taught course

Cognitive Studies

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You’ll need a first-class or 2:1 honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description 2017

You'll study the key theoretical issues and how they relate to empirical findings on the development and functioning of human cognition.

There are modules in the departments of archaeology, human communication sciences, linguistics, philosophy and psychology. You'll be based in the Department of Philosophy but you are free to specialise in any of the other subjects.

Core modules:

  • Cognitive Studies Seminar
  • Dissertation

Other modules include:

  • Mind and Language Research Seminar
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Current Issues In Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Evolutionary Primatology
  • Hominid Palaeontology

Teaching and assessment

Lectures and seminars. Fortnightly supervision for guided reading.

You’ll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation.

If you’re going on to a PhD you may choose to write a PhD proposal.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University’s studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.

Visit our website for information on Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Joanne Renshaw
+44 (0)114 222 0587