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The award
BSc

How long you will study
6 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8000 per year

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About Cognitive Science at Aarhus University

Cognitive Science is the study of the human mind and how it shapes and is shaped by our experiences and interactions. Students of cognitive science are introduced to the basic cognitive processes underlying our conscious and unconscious perceptions and actions - how we make decisions, how we use language to communicate and share emotions, how we interact socially with others. This involves learning scientific theories as well as engaging in practical exercises where students use computer programming and statistics to design and carry out their own investigations of the human mind, the brain, and human behaviour.

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ENDEAVOUR

The mind is hugely complex, and no single discipline can hope to exhaustively understand it. Cognitive Science combines theories, methods and insights from a range of disciplines such as neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, anthropology, and psychology in a coordinated effort to investigate human behaviour and the human mind.

Teaching is organised around lectures and group sessions in which students participate in discussions, make presentations, and work in study groups. Students also take part in practical lab work where they learn to analyse data from brain scans, behavioural experiments, and large text databases using computer programming and statistics. The Cognitive Science programme is embedded in a rich research environment surrounding Aarhus University's Centre for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, its Interacting Minds Centre, and its Centre for Semiotics. Students can attend research seminars and learn about new findings on an almost daily basis.

CAREERS

On completing the BSc in Cognitive Science, you will be in a position to choose from a range of master's programmes offering specialisation in topics such as cognitive science, neuroscience, information studies, or corporate communication. The interdisciplinary profile of the programme, combined with the concrete skills acquired in data acquisition, programming, and analysis, make graduates sought after by employers across a wide range of industries, including IT development, product design, neuroscience, consumer behaviour, and business analytics.

DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS, COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND SEMIOTICS

The Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics is one of the nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Arts.

Teaching in the department is not only research-based, but also research-oriented. Students are encouraged to collect and analyse data and to design and carry out experiments, either alone or in cooperation with the research staff. Students may even have their research published. Students regularly present their research to fellow students and staff at research seminars.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study6 semester
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 8000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

You must meet the specific requirements for the Cognitive Science programme, which can be found on the Cognitive Science study programme page.

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • English B with an average grade of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Social Science B or Contemporary History B
  • Mathematics B

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  • Average of particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  • other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • English B with an average grade of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale
  • Mathematics B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B or Social Science B

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