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M.Sc. Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of cognition, brain and behavior, embracing philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. In the last four decades, Cognitive Science has established itself as a truly interdisciplinary science, employing qualitatively different research tools such as, the experimental practices of psychology, argument analysis of philosophy, formal methods used to develop computational models, and a variety of paradigms from neuroscience (single-cell studies, lesions, neuroimaging).

The objective of the Master’s program is to offer students from different backgrounds, breadth of knowledge and research techniques in a wide range of areas in Cognitive Science. This would be facilitated by a richer appreciation of cognitive functions (perception, attention, memory, learning, reasoning, creativity, decision making etc.), research methods and experimental techniques (behavioral, psychophysical, psychophysiological, neuroscientific and computational). This program would also emphasize principles for designing effective systems to support individuals, groups, and organizations.

For more details about cognitive science program at IIT Gandhinagar please visit cogs.iitgn.ac.in

The MSc program will follow a structure of four semesters and registration during the summer in between. The total credits required for graduation would be eighty.  Basic framework of the curriculum will include the core courses, electives and a research project. List of representative courses are the following.

  • Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • Neuro-Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence & Neural Networks
  • Computational models of Cognition
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Affective Computing
  • Biology of Neural and Cognitive Science
  • Cognition and Emotion
  • Cognition and Culture
  • Perception and Experience
  • Experimental Techniques in Cognitive Science
  • Attention
  • Introduction to Paleoneuropsychology
  • Learning & Decision making
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Economics

The MSc program places strong emphasis on both course work and research project. The Research project is compulsory for the award of an MSc degree. It is expected that the thesis project will result in high quality scholarly publications and national and international conference presentations.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
Students who have a Bachelor’s degree (e.g. B.A., B.Sc., B.Tech.) with a minimum of 55% (5.5 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for General/OBC category candidates and at least 50% (5.0 CGPA for students with letter grades/CGPA) aggregate marks for SC, ST and PD category candidates in the qualifying degree, are eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s program in Cognitive Science. The students who would be completing Bachelor’s degree in the academic year 2014-2015 are also eligible to apply.

The short-listing of the applications is based on the overall credentials (Marks in the qualifying examinations, academic achievements and aptitude for cognitive science. The eligibility criteria mentioned above is minimum. The committee may use higher cut-off levels for shortlisting.

FEES (in Indian Rupees) PER SEMESTER:
Semester Fee:                          19,750/-
Refundable Security Deposit:    5,000/-
One time Admission Fee:          4,000/-
Mess fee (Per Semester):         13,000/-

Financial Support
Eligible candidates admitted to MSc Cognitive Science program will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5000/-. The stipend support will be renewed per semester subject to a student’s continued satisfactory progress in the program.

Travel Scholarships
Institute encourages MSc students to present their research work at national and international conferences, and provides travel scholarships of up to Rs. 60000/- to such students.

Hostel Facility
All students admitted to MSc Cognitive Science is eligible for hostel accommodation on a sharing basis.

Admission Procedure
Admission is offered on the basis of entrance test and interview. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records and aptitude for cognitive science. The final selection will be based on all of above, viz., academic records, aptitude for cognitive science, written test and interview. The Institute may also exercise the option of offering admission to a few outstanding candidates based on academic records without calling them for written test and/or interview.

Test and interview will be held at IIT Gandhinagar. However, if there is any change in the venue, the shortlisted candidate will be intimated.

The candidates appearing for the Test/Interview will be reimbursed any amount exceeding Rs.600/- for to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute /venue of the Test / Interview. For example, in case of total railway fare of Rs.1000/- the candidate will be reimbursed Rs.400/-. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.

Application Procedure
All applications must be submitted online. You NEED NOT send the hard copy of the application form. However, you need to furnish hardcopy of the application form with photograph and all the documentary evidence in original (testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience and research/professional experience) at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected. There is NO application fee.

Important Dates
Last date for submitting applications: January 12, 2015
Web announcement of short-listed candidates:

January 27, 2015
Test and interview: March 14-15, 2015
Web announcement of selected candidates: March 25, 2015
Last date for payment of fees: April 15, 2015