Programs

The bachelor’s degree program was introduced in 2001, in addition to a master’s degree program, and a more compressed academic minor, which were also previously available. The program’s goal is to introduce students to content, research methods and the different types of thought characteristic to cognitive science, thereby developing flexible thinking and interdisciplinary proficiency which will open various employment opportunities to graduates. Alumni of the program would, among other options, be able to carry out further research in cognitive science, and to specialize in unique fields in the hi-tech industry, such as computational linguistics, language and logic, neural computation, and computation and music.

The program is a joint effort involving the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Science, and the School of Education. It offers a full bachelor’s degree (B.A.), a bachelor’s minor and a and a full individual graduate program (M.A.).

Bachelor’s Degree

The academic framework is a double major format. The students’ second major would be related to cognitive science: Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics and languages, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Musicology, Statistics and Economics. The duration of studies is three years.

The academic program is based on three main principles:

  1. Comprehensive fundamental studies in each of the main areas constituting cognitive science: Psychology, linguistics, philosophy and logic, computation and cognition, and brain and cognition.
  2. Specialized studies in one area. This area would be one of those detailed above.

Interdisciplinary studies in courses such as language and thinking, thought and computers, neural computation, and musical cognition, highlighting the importance of the integration of knowledge and different methods in cognitive research.

To view the 2016-2017 curriculum, click here

 

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Bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

A combination suitable for those interested in interdisciplinary studies. In this program, the student chooses two majors. In the case of choosing one major from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the other from a different faculty - in order to receive a degree, the student must complete all duties from both faculties.

The faculty allows unique combinations of majors, however it should be noted that these may require special effort, and occasionally the extension of studies to more than three years. Such completion and coordination may at times not be possible when combining two majors, and lecture and exam times may overlap.

Duties and courses required for cognitive science are detailed in the curriculum.

It is possible, and recommended, to combine the cognitive science major with Life Sciences, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.

Master’s Degree

M.A. students devise an individual curriculum according to a subject of their choice. The program’s students specialize in subjects such as language and thinking, thought and computers, computational linguistics, music and cognition and more. The program includes a research-oriented degree, which encompasses writing a research paper.

Accelerated M.A. program

As of the 2004-05 academic year, the Department of Cognitive Science offers a fast program for completing a B.A. + M.A. in four years. This program is designed for outstanding students.

In order to be eligible for the program, an advisor must be found by the end of the second school year.

It is recommended to begin lab work as soon as the second school year.

Curriculum:

  • During the second year of their B.A., students will begin working on an individual research project under a lab of their choice. For this project, 4 B.A. credits could be obtained as part of the “Individual Lab Project” course (06137).
  • During the third and fourth academic years, the student must complete the overall credits required for the master’s degree. The total number of credits required is 28, in addition to Advanced Research Methods (or another research tool). The curriculum would be devised alongside the advisor, and approved by the M.A. counselor.
  • Also, it is obligatory to write a seminar paper (which does not entitle any credits, but is included in the degree’s average grade), a final exam and a thesis (a seminar paper with a research outline).
  • During B.A. studies, it is possible to accumulate up to 12 credits for an M.A., which upon finalizing the bachelor’s degree would be transferred to the master’s studies.
  • During the third school year, it is required to take the “Graduate seminar” course for Cognitive Science students  (06832).
  • Toward the fourth school year, students will register as M.A. students for cognitive science, and will be required to meet the department and faculty’s admission criteria.
  • Upon the end of the fourth school year, students must complete their duties (formally, the thesis itself may be submitted as late as 30.9).
  • Students wishing to be considered for the program are required to fill the candidacy application form and to submit it to the department office by 1.8.

Students in the program will receive a scholarship of 1,800 NIS per month, provided their compliance with the program requirements. The department is authorized to cease the scholarship if these requirements are not met.

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For counseling and guidance, it is recommended to contact Prof. Hila Jacobson, M.A. counselor:

Reception hours: By appointment

Hilla.jacobson@mail.huji.ac.il

Additionally, it is possible to contact the department office on Sunday-Thursday at 10-13, in the Australia Complex, Mount Scopus Campus. Phone: 02-5883758

We are happy to assist you with any questions.

Individual Master’s Program

For detailed information regarding the program, click here.

Goal

In recent decades a new discipline had been established in the world, cognitive science. This is an interdisciplinary field in its essence, which brings together under one roof theoretical linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, logic and computation. The goal of the program is to enable students to build interdisciplinary study and research programs, which focus on different cognitive processes (such as information absorption and processing, knowledge representation, memory and language).

The goal of studying in this program, in cognitive science is to introduce the students to content and methodology of cognitive science, and to enable the student specializing in one area to become familiar with other areas.

The research methods which distinguish cognitive science are based on empirical research in humans or in animals; building and executing computational models, or examining the relationships between them and the empirical research in different areas of cognition:

Admission criteria

The program is designated for Philosophy, Psychology, English (linguistics oriented), Linguistics, Education, Musicology, Life Sciences, Computer Science, Speech Therapy and Cognitive Science B.A. graduates, subject to individual research M.A. programs’ admission criteria, and the cognitive science program criteria, as detailed on the department website (details follow).

Curriculum

Students wishing to set an individual academic program in cognitive science for themselves should contact a tutor agreeing to advise them in planning their studies and their master’s thesis. The individual academic program will correspond with the main subject in which the students chose to specialize, and would include courses, seminars and utility courses from different faculties. The academic obligations would correspond with those of master’s studies in the Faculty of Humanities.

In addition to faculty procedures, the program’s students are required to comply with the following:

  1. Master’s students in the research program will study courses spanning 28 credits, to be  weighed into the degree. Also, each student is to obtain an exemption from an advanced research utility course (statistics and research methods, language, programming). This, in coordination with the adviser and M.A. counselor. The exemption can be obtained during the degree or based on previous studies.
  2. During the degree, It is possible to study up to 8 credits’ worth of auxiliary B.A. courses (excluding introductory first year courses), both from within the faculty or outside. 

B.A. studies with an average of 90 or above in the faculty, in total and in 2 credits’ worth of supplementary courses = 10% of tuition

Weight in final grade

Obligation type

Notes

35%

Courses spanning 28 credits

It is possible to study up to 4 credits of courses designated for B.A. studies, both from within the faculty or outside (excluding introductory first year courses, upwards of this limit requires an application of a request to the faculty’s teaching committee, with recommendation from the advisor and M.A. counselor), all other courses would be designated for M.A. studies. (With possibly required course completion. Will be determined based on bachelor’s studies). The courses list is found in the university catalogue.

15%

Seminar paper

This paper does not entitle credit (the course credits themselves are included in the 28 credits tally). The paper will be written only in a course defined as a seminar by the faculty. It is possible to write the seminar paper under the thesis advisor’s supervision.

35%

Thesis

 

15%

Final exam

An oral exam based on the research work and thesis.

 

Research utilities

Language, programming course, qualitative / quantitative research methods. In accordance with the advisor and M.A. counselor.

The exemption can be obtained based on previous studies or during the degree.

Research utilities is not calculated in the degree average and not included in the required 28 credits tally.

Participation in a lab-oriented course, such as a guided project, is recommended by the faculty.

* Request for courses acknowledgement - authorizing factor: M.A. counselor. The request should be submitted through a “request for counselor approval” form.

* Request for courses acknowledgement from other institutions - It is possible to have up to a third of the studies acknowledged.

Recommending factor: M.A. counselor. Authorizing factor: The Committee for Advanced Studies. The request should be submitted through a “Request for courses acknowledgement”, along with the advisor’s recommendation and an official grades sheet.

In accordance with the teaching committee, academic exemptions from other academic institutions would be given only for courses with a grade of at least 75.

Also, the credits are according to those studied in the Hebrew University. For example, students from the Open University who studied a course worth 6 credits; would be entitled to 4 credits only.

 

Minor studies

A minor in Cognitive Studies for Natural Sciences students

The goal of the minor program is to enable students taking part in one of the areas connected with cognitive science to broaden their education in other areas. The minor is designated for 2nd and 3rd year students only.

Admission criteria: An average of at least 85 in 1st year, and a basic logic course with a grade of 85 or above. The scope of the minor is 32 credits. Each student must obtain a counselor / office approval in order to participate in the minor studies.

The course composition will be determined in coordination with the program advisor, Dr, Ayelet Landau (Cogbaadviser@mail.huji.ac.il), or with the program secretary, Ms. Ziva Rahmin, Australia Complex, Mount Scopus campus, tel. 02-5883758.

A minor in Cognitive Studies for Humanities and Social Sciences students

The goal of the minor program is to enable students taking part in one of the areas connected with cognitive science to broaden their education in other areas. The minor is designated for 2nd and 3rd year students only.

Admission criteria: An average of at least 85 in 1st year, and a basic logic course with a grade of 85 or above. The scope of the minor is 16 credits. Each student must obtain a counselor / office approval in order to participate in the minor studies.

The course composition will be determined in coordination with the program advisor, Dr, Ayelet Landau (Cogbaadviser@mail.huji.ac.il), or with the program secretary, Ms. Ziva Rahmin, Australia Complex, Mount Scopus campus, tel. 02-5883758.