M.Sc. On Campus

Cognitive Systems

Ulm University

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The master's programme "Cognitive Systems" at Ulm University is completely taught in English. The programme introduces students to the theoretical and empirical foundations of cognitive skills, which serve as the basis for the development of models. 


What are Cognitive Systems?

Cognition involves the processing and analysis of information within a system to control its behavior. Cognition summarizes the combination of perceptual processes, mental processes and (motor-driven) actions that occur unconsciously or consciously. Using the example of humans, such processes can be studied in detail. Our cognitive abilities allow us, for example, to interact with objects and people in our environment and to react flexibly to external influences, to develop creative solutions to problems and to acquire new knowledge. We do this by using different senses, drawing on experiences from similar contexts, and by our ability to learn, reason, and plan actions. Systems that collectively provide such cognitive performance are referred to as cognitive systems. These can be realized in an organism as well as implemented in the form of a technical artifact. We call the latter cognitive technical systems.

What can I do with an MSc degree in Cognitive Systems from Ulm University?

The profile of this course of study qualifies graduates for work in scientific research as well as in industrial areas with career fields where the seamless interaction of humans and technology plays a central role. Cognitive systems are extremely important to information technology in intelligent systems development and to scientific investigations of human-machine interaction with a focus on human capabilities and system’s adaptability to user preferences. Such domains and contexts reach into the automobile industry, medical technology, design and evaluation of intelligent systems components, and to all high-tech fields in general. Other potential career paths include research and development in cognitive ergonomics, multimedia, e-learning, interface design or, for instance, prosthetics. Specific tasks in such fields include the conception and development of hardware and software solutions or the implementation of improvements on the basis of market research or in the context of usability engineering. In all, Cognitive Systems combines several disciplines: cognitive science (the study of minds’ processes), computation (the technology utilized by computers and technology), and intelligent systems development (design and realization of intelligent systems with capabilities of learning, reasoning, and memory).

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Fundamentals of Human-Machine Interaction
  • Fundamental Approaches to Cognitive Science 
  • Foundations and Concepts of Cognitive Systems Modeling
  • Recent Developments in Cognitive Systems Research 
  • Cognitive Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • proof of a bachelor's degree in a degree programmerecognised as equivalent at the level of at least three years of study in a degree programme that covers basic knowledge in at least one of the three topics relevant to cognitive science: information processing in natural systems, information processing in technical systems or mathematical modelling. These include programmes in cognitive science, psychology and computer science. 
  • Graduates of other subjects, in particular engineering, physics, biology with a focus on neuroscience and mathematics, can also be considered, provided that the subject-specific suitability for the degree programme is deemed to be given, in particular with regard to past relevant learning and practical experience and its relevance for the curriculum of the Cognitive Systems master's programme at Ulm University, as set out in the form for subject-specific additional information.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Ulm

730 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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