The Middle European interdisciplinary master programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci) brings together a variety of university partners and other institutions. University of Ljubljana, as one of the partners, offers the MEi:CogSci program as a joint cooperation of four faculties: Medical Faculty, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts. Coordination and administration is carried out by the Faculty of Education. MEi:CogSci is organized as a two-years 120 ECTS study programme, 60 ECTS each year.

Lectures in the first year are held in Slovene language, while lectures in the second year are held in English.


PROGRAMME INFORMATION

Admissions:
Admitted are students holding a bachelor degree in cognitive science or one of its related disciplines (anthropology, biology, computer science, mathematics, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, education sciences and social sciences) with the minimum of 180 ECTS. For applicants from other fields local programme comittee must decide. Individual interviews are held with all applicants in order to get insight in the structure of students’ background education, students’ interests and to help them design their curriculum for the first and second semester.

Mentors/Supervisors:
A mentoring programme supports students in their individual reflections and choices, helping them to focus and find their way through the curriculum towards their specialisation. Students also have the possibility of a second master’s thesis supervisor from the joint degree network.

Tutoring:
All modules of the integrative kernel dedicate ECTS-credits to teamwork, where students discuss important concepts of cognitive science, ethical questions, social implications, as well as their problems, interests, research projects and future possibilities under tutorial supervision. In addition, tutors are available to students at all other times via email or special appointments when necessary.

Project-orientation and Teamwork:
At different stages of the programme students engage in projects and teamwork, working in interdisciplinary and international environments (in the exchange semester). At the beginning of the first semester students form teams to cooperate on homework assignments, seminar work, paper writing, presentations and projects throughout the first year of the study programme.

Interdisciplinarity:
The integrative kernel serves as the locus of integration, discussion and reflection, providing an epistemological and conceptual framework. The MEi:CogSci curriculum is interdisciplinary and intercultural, therefore special care is given to the creation of an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect, hopefully contributing to the personal development of students and teachers involved.

The introductory phase:
This phase enables students to orient themselves in the field of cognitive science and provides a foundation for interdisciplinary research. Students entering the program differ greatly in terms of their disciplinary backgrounds and research interests. A central challenge of the program is not only to bridge the different disciplinary approaches thus enabling communication and cooperation among the students but also to turn these differences into a potential for interdisciplinary cooperation. In the first year, students become familiar with theoretical concepts as well as research methods from the core disciplines of cognitive science and get accustomed to different scientific cultures. Moreover, students are introduced to current work of research groups and institutions in Ljubljana as well as the MEi:CogSci network. The introductory phase mainly takes place at the students’ home institutions.

The phenomenon oriented phase:
This phase builds on the interdisciplinary foundations laid in the first year. Students gain specialised knowledge of a chosen topic focusing on a cognitive phenomenon through the integration of research methods and perspectives from multiple disciplines.

Student mobility:
Based on their research topic chosen individually, students select one of the universities participating in the network in line with the areas of expertise of the respective partner universities. Mobility is planned for the third semester with the possibility of extending it to the fourth semester – if student has a co-supervisor of his/her master’s thesis from a partner university.

Master’s thesis:
The fourth semester of the study programme is dedicated to students’ master’s theses – at home or partner university – with the support of Master’s thesis seminar. Students have to present their master’s thesis (or a draft) the MEi:CogSci student conference.

CURRICULUM
FIRST YEAR (60 ECTS)*

I. Semester (30 ECTS):

Basic Compulsory Courses:
1. Introduction to Cognitive Science 1 (5 ECTS)
2. Introduction into Research 1 (5 ECTS)
+ 3 Basic Elective Courses (15 ECTS)
+ 1 Tools (5 ECTS)

II. Semester (30 ECTS):

Basic Compulsory Courses:
1. Introduction to Cognitive Science 2 (10 ECTS)
2. Introduction into Research 2 (10 ECTS)
- Smaller research project
- Participation at the MEi:CogSci conference with a poster
+ 1 Basic Elective Course / + 1 Advanced Elective Course (5 ECTS)
+ 1 Tools (5 ECTS)

Basic Elective Courses (I. and II. semester):
1. Artificial Intelligence 1 (5 ECTS)
2. Introduction to Linguistics (5 ECTS)
3. Cognitive neuroscience 1 (5 ECTS)
4. Introduction to Philosophy (5 ECTS)
5. Cognitive Psychology 1 (5 ECTS)

Advanced Elective Courses (I. and II. semester):
1. Artificial Intelligence 2 (5 ECTS)
2. Advanced Linguistics (5 ECTS)
3. Cognitive Neuroscience 2 (5 ECTS)
4. Advanced Philosophy (5 ECTS)
5. Cognitive Psychology 2 (5 ECTS)
6. Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience (advanced tools and discipinary-elective) (5 ECTS)

Tools (I. and II. semester):
1. Programming (5 ECTS)
2. Statistics (5 ECTS)
3. First person research (5 ECTS)
4. Statistical analysis in Cognitive Science (advanced tools) (5 ECTS)
5. Advanced Cognitive Neuroscience (advanced tools and discipinary-elective) (5 ECTS)

* Basic and advanced elective courses and tools students choose in the first year depend on students’ previous education so the above scheme is approximate. Hence, it is possible for example for a student to have 4 basic elective courses and no advanced elective courses or 2 basic elective courses and 2 advanced elective courses (as specified in the reference curriculum).

SECOND YEAR (60 ECTS):

III. Semester (30 ECTS):

1. New trends in Cognitive Science 10 ECTS)
- Seminar, journal club 
2. Elective Courses (20 ECTS)**
- Interdisciplinary approach to a cognitive phenomenon 1 (special topic of interest modules)
- Interdisciplinary approach to a cognitive phenomenon 2 (special topic of interest project)

** Students have to do a project with a minimum of 10 ECTS which can be extended up to 20 ECTS. 0 to 10 ECTS is used for other special topics of interest courses.

Interdisciplinary approach to a cognitive phenomenon 1 (special topic of interest modules):
- Interdisciplinary modules vary from year to year. See http://www.pef.uni-lj.si/kognitivna/zastudente_urnik.html.

Interdisciplinary approach to a cognitive phenomenon 2 (special topic of interest project):

Special topics of interest are projects available in at the University of Ljubljana and are changing from year to year depending on research projects currently in progress at various research institutions and current focus of work of potential supervisors. Students will be informed about possible projects before choosing their host university for mobility. This scheme enables students to take part in up-to-date research projects on currently hot topics each semester. The list of special topics of interest / projects can be found on our web site: http://www.meicogsci.eu/wiki/Specialisations_at_the_University_of_Ljubljana/

IV. Semester (30 ECTS):

1. Master's Thesis Seminar (5 ECTS)
2. Master's Thesis (25 ECTS)