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Cognitive Science - Bachelor of Science


Normal Program Duration:
6 Semesters
Languages of Tuition:
English and German
Program Commencement:
Winter semester
Bachelor of Science ( B.Sc. )

What are the key features of this program?

The key aim of Cognitive Science is to research cognitive abilities such as perception, thought, planning, learning, language, and actions. Still a relatively young discipline, Cognitive Science is primarily occupied with the scholarly study of the mind and consciousness, both theoretically as well as experimentally. It also seeks to explain human language and non-verbal behavior, to create artificial intelligence systems, and to study perception and motor functions. In order to cover such a diverse variety of fields, Cognitive Science uses a wide range of methodologies from mathematical methods and experimental approaches to psychology and neuroscience, through the computer modelling of mental processes and philosophical debate.

The broad interdisciplinary character of this program makes it unique in Germany. The range of courses it offers essentially brings together all of its constituent disciplines to create a single interlocking and incremental structure consisting of its Bachelor, Master and PhD programs. During their Bachelor studies, students attend mandatory courses which provide them with essential foundational knowledge in mathematics, computer science, computer linguistics, neurobiology, neuroinformatics, philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence. Students then deepen their knowledge of the above disciplines by taking elective courses, and will ultimately take module exams in five of the eight fields.

What can I do with a degree in Cognitive Science?

Cognitive Science graduates are qualified – depending on their area of specialization – to work as researchers in the IT environment, in the field of psychology, in philosophy, in the neurosciences or in linguistics. In addition, graduates are also well placed to apply their knowledge of Cognitive Science in the fields of human-machine interaction, in IT, in subfields of the medical-clinical environment as well as in fields related to psychology.

Program Profile

Model Program Outline (PDF, 69 kB)
Module checklist (PDF, 57 kB)

Program regulations

What are the Admission Requirements?

Students wishing to study Cognitive Science (admission requirements) must be in possession of a higher education entrance qualification equivalent to the German Allgemeine Hochschulreife or the fachgebundene Hochschulreife (e.g. highschool diploma (USA), A-levels (UK)) or other relevant university entrance qualifications (studying without school qualifications). Students must also demonstrate knowledge of English and mathematics. For more detailed information on the specific requirements, please see the admission regulations.

How do I apply?

Please check well in advance if there are any potential admissions restrictions and application deadlines for this program.

German citizens in possession of German certification (Abitur) may apply directly using the Osnabrück University Online Portal. This is also the case for international applicants in possession of German certification.

For international applicants with overseas certification, different conditions may apply. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in the German language.

Is there a period of study abroad?

The Bachelor study regulations prescribe a period of study abroad lasting one semester. The International Office will answer any questions you might have about studying abroad. It also regularly offers information events during term time.

How can I find out more?

For general information on studying, on admission requirements and the program structure, please enquire at the Central Student Advisory Service.

Specific questions regarding the content of the program should be addressed to the departmental student advisory service.

Additional Links

Cognitive Science Osnabrück
Gesellschaft für Kognitionswissenschaft
Cognitive Science Society