Individual Master’s Program

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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.