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Cognitive Science

Are you interested in the nature of cognition, be it natural or artificial?

Our pioneering, interdisciplinary approach brings together faculty and research students from artificial intelligence, psychology, linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy – you’ll find Sussex a great place for your research in Cognitive Science.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Creative Technology

    Our Creative Technology research is concerned with the interfaces between humans and digital technology and how these are changing.

    We investigate interaction in the broadest sense, considering it in relation to digital technologies, connected physical artifacts, people’s experience and cognition, and their practices with mobile, immersive, ubiquitous and pervasive computing.

    Miss Pollie Barden
    Lecturer in Product Design
    P.Barden@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Natalia Beloff
    Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering
    N.Beloff@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Geophysics, Medical Informatics

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    Prof Peter Cheng
    Professor of Cognitive Sciences
    P.C.H.Cheng@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cognitive Science, Cognitive Science for ICT, Cognitive-modelling, Human computer interaction, Human Information Processing, Information visualisation, Notations and visualisations for complex problem solving and conceptual learning, Psychology of science and discovery, Tactile graphics for people with visual impairment, Writing and drawing cognition

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    Mr Giovanni Contreras Garcia
    Lecturer in Product Design
    G.J.Contreras@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Judith Good
    Reader in Informatics
    J.Good@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Game Based Learning, Game Creation for Learning, Learning, Learning Programming, Mobile Computing, Multimedia, Simulations for Learning, technology for autism

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    Dr Kate Howland
    Lecturer In Interaction Design
    K.L.Howland@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: End-user programming, Game Based Learning, Game Creation for Learning, Human computer interaction, Interaction design, Novice programming, Participatory Design, Technology Enhanced Learning

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    Prof Ann Light
    Professor of Design & Creative Technology
    Ann.Light@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia
    Lecturer in Interactive Graphics
    D.Martinez-Plasencia@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Paul Newbury
    Senior Lecturer In Multimedia Systems
    P.Newbury@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Technology Enhanced Learning, Virtual Prototyping

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    Dr Marianna Obrist
    Reader in Interaction Design
    M.Obrist@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Interaction design

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    Ms Diane Simpson-Little
    Senior Teaching Fellow
    D.Simpson-Little@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Sriram Subramanian
    Professor of Informatics
    Sriram@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Display Devices, Haptic Technology, HCI - User Interaction, Music and Acoustic User Interfaces, Shape-memory Alloys

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    Dr Phil Watten
    Media Technology Manager
    P.L.Watten@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Martin White
    Reader in Computer Science
    M.White@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: 3D Reconstructions, Blockchain Applications, Digital Heritage, Healthy Living Applications

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  • Data Science

    The Data Science Research Group addresses the challenges associated with deriving knowledge from large heterogeneous datasets – with a particular focus on machine learning and natural language processing.

    Prof John Carroll
    Professor of Computational Linguistics
    J.A.Carroll@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Medical Informatics, Natural Language Processing

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    Dr Bill Keller
    Senior Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence
    billk@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Linguistics, Machine Learning (AI), Natural Language Processing, Probabilistic Methods, Semantics And Pragmatics

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    Dr Novi Quadrianto
    Lecturer In Machine Learning
    N.Quadrianto@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Bayesian Methods, Computer Vision - Machine Learning, Kernel Methods, Machine Learning (AI), Optimisation (AI), Probabilistic Methods, Time Series

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    Prof David Weir
    Professor Of Computer Science
    D.J.Weir@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Data Science, Natural Language Processing

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  • Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (EASy)

    The EASy group has been internationally prominent since it was established in the early 1990s. It is concerned with the interfaces between the biological and computational sciences, particularly with reference to furthering understanding of brains and minds.

    Dr Luc Berthouze
    Reader in Informatics
    L.Berthouze@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Biomedical Signal Processing, Computational Neuroscience, Developmental Robotics, EEG, EMG, Motor Control, Network Theory and Complexity, Neuronal network, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

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    Prof Maggie Boden
    Research Professor of Cognitive Science
    M.A.Boden@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Christopher Buckley
    Lecturer In Neural Computation
    C.L.Buckley@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Ron Chrisley
    Reader in Philosophy
    R.L.Chrisley@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Consciousness, Language & Philosophical Logic, Logic, Philosophy, Philosophy Of Mind, Philosophy of Science & Mathematics, & Mathematical Logic, Robotics

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    Prof Phil Husbands
    Research Professor Of Artificial Intelligence
    P.Husbands@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Adaptive Systems, Artificial Intelligence, artificial life, Bio-inspired Neural Computing, Bio-inspired Robotics, Complex System Design, Computational Neuroscience, Digital Art & Design, Evolutionary Computation, evolutionary robotics, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, Machine Learning (AI), Mobile Robots, Nervous system, Optimisation Problems, Systems neuroscience

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    Prof Thomas Nowotny
    Professor Of Informatics
    T.Nowotny@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Biomimetics, Chemical Sensing, Computational Neuroscience, Dynamic Clamp, Electronic Nose, GPU Computing, High Performance Computing, Insects, Ion channels, Machine Learning (AI), Neural networks, New Computing Paradigms, Olfaction, Robotics, Systems neuroscience

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    Dr Andy Philippides
    Reader in Informatics
    andrewop@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: computational biology, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Vision & Image Processing - Pattern Recognition, Evolutionary Computation, insect navigation, navigation, Robotics

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    Prof Anil Seth
    Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience
    A.K.Seth@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Consciousness, EEG, Neuroimaging, neuropsychiatry, Neuropsychology, Psychology, Time Series, Virtual Reality

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    Dr Chris Thornton
    Lecturer in Computing Science
    C.Thornton@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Information Theory, Predictive Processing, Theoretical Cognitive Science

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    Dr Sharon Wood
    Senior Lecturer in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence
    S.Wood@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modelling, Cognitive Science

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a subject relevant to your chosen area of research.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Application deadline:

29 March 2017

Find out more about the Commonwealth Scholarship

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

PhD Studentship: Development of a dynamics simulator for an exploration robot. (2017)

Postgraduate Research, £14,296 stipend plus a fee waiver at the UK/EU rate.

Application deadline:

25 March 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Development of a dynamics simulator for an exploration robot.

PhD Studentship: Turbo-charger Control using a turbo speed sensor (2017)

Postgraduate Research, £14,296 stipend plus a fee waiver at the UK/EU rate.

Application deadline:

25 March 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Turbo-charger Control using a turbo speed sensor

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £18,750 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.