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Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons)

Embark on a fascinating, interdisciplinary exploration of the human mind and behaviour, alongside artificial intelligence, and the broader ethical and theoretical implications it presents. The Philosophy & Cognitive Science BA (Hons) will help you to develop a range of practical skills, from coding to critical thinking, that are increasingly desired by employers across all sectors – all while satisfying your intellectual curiosity.

Courses

In each year of your undergraduate programme, you will study the equivalent of four, 30-credit, courses for your honours degree, plus two non-credit bearing courses for your NCH Diploma.

The courses that run in each academic year are subject to change in line with faculty availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every course will be delivered. For further information, please see here and speak to your admissions contact.

In your first year

Logic: Formal & Philosophical

30 Credits

This course introduces students to the language and tools of classical elementary log… Read More

Programming with Data (NCHDS441)

15 Credits

Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of programming using Python.… Read More

Foundations of Data Science (NCHDS442)

15 Credits

Learn to write a descriptive analysis of the dataset and make meaningful observations… Read More

Introduction to Psychology

15 Credits

Explore the study of the human mind and behaviour… Read More

Developmental & Social Psychology

15 Credits

Investigate how people think, feel and behave in social situations… Read More

Plus ONE of the following courses:

Ethics

30 Credits

Study and discuss the works of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill… Read More

Early Modern Philosophy

30 Credits

An introduction to European philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries.… Read More

The NCH Diploma

Critical Reasoning

0 Credits

Studied in Michaelmas term, introduces students to formal and informal logic… Read More

LAUNCH: Introductory Capabilities

0 Credits

LAUNCH provides students with an understanding of the world of work… Read More

In your second year

TWO of the following four courses:

Ancient Philosophy (NCHPH530)

30 Credits

The Ancient Philosophy course surveys ancient Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics… Read More

Epistemology & Philosophy of Science (NCHPH513)

30 Credits

This course investigates questions about knowledge and the justification of beliefs… Read More

Metaphysics (NCHPH515)

30 Credits

This course investigates the fundamental nature of reality, beginning with ontology… Read More

Available if you have NOT taken Early Modern Philosophy in the first year:

Early Modern Philosophy (Advanced)

30 Credits

This course will introduce students to developments in European philosophy… Read More

Plus:

AI & Data Ethics (UG)

15 Credits

Introduces students to the ethical issues that emerge in Data Science… Read More

Principles of Machine Learning

15 Credits

Develop an understand the principles of machine learning and when to use it. … Read More

Experimental Psychology

15 Credits

Explore how psychological experiments are conducted… Read More

Structure & Function of the Human Brain

15 Credits

The study of the brain from an anatomical and functional perspective… Read More

The NCH Diploma

Science Literacy

0 Credits

Physics, Cosmology, Evolutionary Biology and Neuroscience literacy… Read More

LAUNCH: Applied Capabilities

0 Credits

Advanced Capabilities course runs over students’ final two years at the College… Read More

In your third year

Philosophy Dissertation

30 Credits

In the final year, each major student writes a 7,000-word philosophy dissertation… Read More

Philosophy of Mind & Language (NCHPH633)

30 Credits

Foundational concepts, problems, & theories in the philosophy of mind and language… Read More

Natural Language Processing (NCHDS681)

15 Credits

Develop an understanding of how meaning can be obtained from text… Read More

Minds & Machines (NCHDS682)

15 Credits

Hone your ability to place developments in Data Science in a wide theoretical context… Read More

Cognitive Psychology

15 Credits

The Cognitive Psychology course investigates this major sub-discipline in the field.… Read More

Clinical Psychology

15 Credits

Explore the biological and neuroscientific basis of psychology… Read More

The NCH Diploma

Applied Ethics

0 Credits

A series of lectures on major ethical challenges and alternative responses… Read More

LAUNCH: Applied Capabilities

0 Credits

Advanced Capabilities course runs over students’ final two years at the College… Read More

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