Topics in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science (G5122)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module aims to provide students of cognitive science with the opportunity to think critically about recent theoretical developments in cognitive science and associated philosophical discussion, and to read key writings by people in the field.

It will stress the links between the study of cognition and the study of other aspects of the mind, such as:

  • phenomenal consciousness
  • emotion
  • creativity
  • embodiment
  • sensorimotor coordination
  • dynamical coupling, etc.

Actual topics covered will vary from year to year, and may depend on levels of interest.

It will equip you with the ability to understand some of the deeper issues in current research in cognitive science, and to enable you to become a reflective researcher in that area.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: