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M.Sc. in Cognitive Science

 

Educational objectives and outcomes

Graduating students will have:

§  basic knowledge in the fields of cognitive psychology, philosophy of science, cognitive modelling, linguistics, neuropsychology, and research methodology

§  specialized interdisciplinary training in one of the following areas: perception, memory, learning and education, thinking, language, and cognitive development

§  skills for critical analysis of scientific literature and for practical application of the methods and theories of cognitive science

§  experience in and abilities to conduct experimental research in cognitive science independently

 

Admission to the program:

The program is open to students with a Bachelor’s or a Master's degree in Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Linguistics, Biology, Medicine, Philosophy and other related fields of study.

 

The application procedure includes submission of a Statement of Purpose essay on the topic "Why I want to study Cognitive Science" and an interview. Successful study in the program depends on a good command of English (academic reading and writing skills); applicants are required to present a certificate of English language proficiency or to take an equivalent exam at NBU.

 

Graduation requirements:

Credits - 120

COGM101 and COGM001 are mandatory.

Participation in the International Summer Schools in Cognitive Science is obligatory.

The students can enroll in up to 4 courses from other master programs.

The program is completed by the defense of a Master's thesis which is written in English and in compliance with international standards. The defense is carried out before a Thesis Committee during the Summer Schools. The Thesis Committee includes at least one external examiner (a member of the International Advisory Board or a professor recommended by the Board).



SEMESTER I

Courses (15 credits required)

COGM 101 Foundations of Cognitive Science
Assoc. Prof. Lilia Gurova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 001 Experimental Methods
Prof. Stefan Mateev., 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 008 Statistics
Assit. Prof. Georgi Petkov, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 002 Cognitive Psychology
Prof. Stefan Mateev, Prof. Encho Gerganov, Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 004 Cognitive Modeling
Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, Assoc. Prof. Maurice Grinberg, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 007 Information Processing in the Human Brain
Prof. Ivailo Tournev, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 201 Dynamical System Approach in Cognitive Science
Assoc. Prof. Maurice Grinberg, 30 h, 3 credits

Seminars and Labs (15 credits required)

COGM 009 Practicum in Experimental Design
Assit.
Prof. Evgenia Hristova, Assit. Prof. Penka Hristova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 010 Practicum in Thinkin Aloud method and Protocol Analysis
Assit. Prof. Penka Hristova, 3 credits
COGM 011 Practicum in Statistics
Assit. Prof. Georgi Petkov, 3 credits.
COGM 012 Practicum in Reaction Time Experiments (E-Prime software)
Armine Janyan, 3 credits
COGM 013 Practicum in Simulation Modeling
Assit. Prof. Georgi Petkov, 3 credits
COGM 901 Individual Directed Studies in Dynamical System Approach
Assoc. Prof. Maurice Grinberg, 3 credits
COGM 902 Individual Directed Studies in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Assoc. Prof. Lilia Gurova, 3 credits


SEMESTER II

Courses (15 credits required)

COGM 109 Analogy
Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 205 Visual Information Processing
Prof. Angel Vassilev, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 111 Constructive memory
Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 113 Psychophysiological Studies and Cognitive Processes
Assit. Prof. Evgenia Hristova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 903 Grounding Cognition
Armine Janyan, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 213 Psycholinguistics
Armine Janyan, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 904 Attention, perception, action
Prof. Stefan Mateev, 30 h, 3 credits

Seminars and Labs (15 credits required)

COGM 120 Memory and analogy Seminar
Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, 3 credits
COGM 130 Psycholinguistics Seminar
Armine Janyan, 3 credits
COGM 215 Practicum in Visual Perception
Prof. Stefan Mateev, 3 credits
COGM 216 Practicum in Psychophysiological Studies
Assit. Prof. Evgenia Hristova, 3 credits
COGM 145 Summer School in Cognitive Science, 3 credits
COGM 231 Individual Directed Studies, 3 credits
COGM 905 Individual Directed Studies in Psychophysics
Prof. Stefan Mateev, 3 credits


SEMESTER III

Courses (15 credits required)

COGM 204 Cognitive Development
Assoc. Prof. Maria Trifonova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 207 Judgment and Decision Making
Assit. Prof. Evgenia Hristova, Assit. Prof. Penka Hristova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 313 Concepts and Categorization
Assoc. Prof. Lilia Gurova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 906 Genes, Brain, Behavior
Prof. Ivailo Tournev, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 305 Social Cognition
Assit. Prof. Penka Hristova, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 306 High-Level Vision
Prof. Stefan Mateev, 30 h, 3 credits
COGM 907 Left Brain, Right Brain
Armine Janyan, Prof. Ivailo Tournev, 30 h, 3 credits

Seminars and Labs (15 credits required)


COGM 225 Game Theory Seminar
Assoc. Prof. Maurice Grinberg, Assit. Prof. Evgenia Hristova, 3 credits
COGM 318 Teaching Assistance, 6 credits
COGM 319 Research Assistance, 6 credits
COGM  908 Individual Directed Studies in High-Level Vision
Prof. Stefan Mateev, 3 credits
COGM  909 Individual Directed Studies in Concepts and Categorization
Assoc. Prof. Lilia Gurova, 3 credits

SEMESTER IV

Seminars and Labs (15 credits required)

COGM 340 Summer School in Cognitive Science, 3 credits
COGM 220 AMBR and DUAL Seminar
Assoc. Prof. Boicho Kokinov, Assoc. Prof. Maurice Grinberg, 3 credits

COGM 230 Individual Directed Studies, 3 credits

COGM 317 Individual Directed Studies, 3 credits
COGM
910 Research Assistance, 9 credits

Master Thesis – 15 credits

 

 

 

PH.D. in Cognitive Science

 

The Doctoral Program in Cognitive Science is open to Bulgarian and international students with a relevant academic background and serious research interests in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. The language of instruction is English; therefore, proficiency in this language is a necessary prerequisite for admission and study in the program. Applicants without a Master’s degree in cognitive science are admitted to the Preparatory program first as described further in this document.

 

COMPETENCIES

The programme maintains high international standards and offers training to researchers and lecturers which allows them to be highly competitive at the EU and broader international market. PhD graduates will have:

1.      Wide interdisciplinary background combining knowledge and competencies in the field of cognitive psychology, informatics and cognitive modelling, neuroscience, linguistics and philosophy;

2.      Specialized interdisciplinary training in one of the following areas: perception, memory and thinking, language and development, as well as opportunities for their practical implementation in the field of cognitive economics, advertising and marketing, education, artificial intelligence, human-machine interface and web design;

3.      Skills for independent formulation of a research problem, identification of relevant literature, critical analysis, construction of perspective alternatives and their testing;

4.      Skills for independent conduction of theoretical, experimental and applied studies in the field of cognitive science, as well as for management of research teams engaged in such studies;

5.      Skills for drafting scientific texts and for publishing in international editions;

6.      Skills for using contemporary educational methods.

 

ADMISSION

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in psychology, computer science, linguistics, biology, medicine, physics, philosophy or related disciplines and a very good command of English. Admission is based on:

   - research project proposal

   - specialized exam in cognitive science

   - exam in English language proficiency

Doctoral student supervision:

Applicants may contact faculty members (potential supervisors) for consultations on their choice of areas, topics, and methods of research as part of the application process. Information on active research areas and faculty members involved in them can be found at: http://www.nbu.bg/cogs/research/research_topics.htm

 

 

STRUCTURE OF THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM

The total number of credits required is 180. (exclusive of the credits, required for the Preparatory program):

 

1.    Research activities - 90 credits

2.    Teaching activities - 20 credits

3.    Courses – 10 credits

4.    PhD oral defense - 30 credits

5.    Comprehensive Examination Requirements  - 30 credits

 

Preparatory program - up to 120 credits (depending on the applicant's academic background the Program Committee makes up a plan in accordance with the Master's Program in Cognitive Science requirements)

 

Once a year, doctoral students present a report on their activities to the Program Committee. On the basis of this report the Committee assigns credits to the student. A positive resolution on the student's activities on behalf of the Committee is a prerequisite for continuing participation in the program.


The Ph.D. dissertation is written in English, in compliance with international standards, and based on data obtained by the doctoral student. Students make a public oral presentation of the dissertation before a Dissertation Committee during the annual international summer school in cognitive science. The members of the Dissertation Committee write a critical review of the dissertation and the Committee reaches a decision on the basis of these reviews and of the public presentation.