Programme Structure

Cognition is about thoughts and knowledge. The programme will provide you with an overview of different cognitive science, communication and philosophical theories about sensory perception, thinking, emotions and actions of importance for the understanding of how communication works.

You will learn about the psychological and social processes of significance for the use of communication in audiovisual media, computer media and face-to-face communication. You will, for example, learn how to analyse and understand the processes involved in interpersonal interaction or the interaction between humans and machines.

The programme will also provide you with insight into theories of fiction, games and design and will teach you how to analyse specific media products and their use.


The teaching varies between lectures, class instruction with student presentations and discussions as well as more independent, often group-based, project work. The language of instruction is English.

The master's electives gives you room to choose to study other subjects than Cognition and Communication. You may take elective courses at another department or university – also abroad – or do an internship (Academic Internship – short electives for 15 ECTS credits or Academic Internship – Extended electives for 30 ECTS credits). 

You can do a total of 30 ECTS credits as electives master’s studies, i.e. you can replace two modules.

In the curriculum (see the attachment to the right at the website), you can read a detailed description of the academic content of the individual modules. Below you can see a table showing their order. 

Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2

Introduction to cognitive science and experimental methods (15 ECTS)

Research project  (15 ECTS)

Communication theory and research design (15 ECTS)

Topics in cognition and communication (15 ECTS)

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4

Master's elective (15 ECTS)

Thesis (30 ECTS)

Master's elective (15 ECTS)