Computational Neuroscience, Cognition and AI (MSc)

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Computational Neuroscience, Cognition and AI at University of Nottingham

Key facts

  • An interdisciplinary course that uniquely combines aspects of psychology, mathematics and computer science
  • Computational neuroscience aims to better understand brain function, develop better analysis tools for neural data and inspire artificial intelligence algorithms

Recent developments

A number of developments make this course particularly relevant:

  • Recent successes in machine learning are based on analogies with animal brains, i.e. artificial neural networks; these successes have put the analysis of brain computation at the forefront once more
  • In particular study of the biological brain is being considered as a way to resolve some outstanding issues in AI, such as learning with a limited number of samples, generalisation, and the development of explainable AI
  • The study of the brain is currently undergoing a revolution as computational models are becoming powerful and accurate enough to complement experimental approaches
  • Revolutions in experimental recording methods necessitate the use of advanced analysis methods to deal with the enormous volume of data that these methods can produce

What you'll learn

  • How the brain is believed to work on the cellular, network and systems level
  • How to develop mathematical models of brain function and how to implement them in simulations
  • How cognitive phenomena are related to brain activity
  • Current AI algorithms and how they are based on neuroscience findings
  • An inventory of experimental approaches to measure and analyse brain function

Some topics that will receive particular attention are how:

  • memories are stored and organised in the brain
  • networks of neurons perform computations
  • visual illusions find their origins in neural circuits

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 awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent);

2:2 (or international equivalent) may be considered provided the applicant has at least one year of relevant work experience or another supporting factor; for quantitatively minded students with a background in psychology, neuroscience, or biosciences as well as those with training in physics, engineering, mathematics, or computer science; no specific biology or computer knowledge required.

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