UW Cognitive Science is a full-time 2-year master’s programme which combines areas such as psychology, computer science, philosophy, and neurobiology. The studies are conducted by the Faculty of Psychology UW in cooperation with Faculty of Philosophy UW.

From 2019 to 2021, the Cognitive Science programme was part of the University’s Integrated Development Program (ZIP) and received financing from European Funds. Further details can be found here.

The University of Warsaw stands as a leading research centre in Poland. Collaborating with 800 international partners, among which 400 represent 73 nations engaged in bilateral cooperation agreements with UW, underscores its global reach. Notably, a survey among UW graduates revealed that 90% of respondents secure employment within one year of obtaining their degrees.




We are one of the few centres in Poland that offer cognitive science programmes. Introducing this programme in English is a unique venture across the country. Our offer encompasses:

Practical experience in conducting advanced research in cooperation with experienced researchers and companies offering internships
Two specific thematic paths – neurocognitive and computational
Exploring and learning how to use tools utilised in cognitive sciences, such as Python, R, or EEG
Shaping your own course of study – freedom in choosing courses depending on your particular interests
A headstart in the job market by studying in English


General description of the programme


Detailed description of the programme



Learn how to …

… use advanced theoretical knowledge in the field of cognitive science and related disciplines (philosophy, psychology, biology, mathematics, medicine, linguistics, computer science, sciences dealing with artificial intelligence and information management) to analyse and interpret complex issues related to the mind and cognitive processes.

… create and analyse models explaining cognitive and social processes as well as brain activity.

… connect IT and social science by learning at least one programming language (Python, R, and/or MatLab) to, among others, tackle machine learning and natural language processing problems.

… operate research equipment used in cognitive science and related sciences (biomedical engineering, biocybernetics), such as EEG or fMRI.

… design and conduct studies collaborating with researchers from various fields of science.

… use your knowledge and skills to support development of new technologies in diverse areas and markets, for example education and rehabilitation of people with disabilities or cognitive disorders.



Cognitive Science graduate


The biggest highlight of studying Cognitive Science at UW is shaping your own course of studies. Due to the freedom I got in setting up my own curriculum, I was able to focus on topics that I found the most useful. I also liked the division into so-called paths. I chose the computational path since I wanted to work scientifically in the field of artificial intelligence. Studies at UW helped me to make that happen. After holding research positions at the top Canadian and German research institutions I currently pursue a PhD degree on the topic of interpretable AI and improving human decision-making at one of the leading American universities.


Cognitive Science student


I applied for the Cognitive Science programme because I was interested in studies which combine many fields of science. I like the fact I could shape my own course of study and now I can attend different courses on topics that interest me. I chose the neurocognitive profile and I’m glad that from the second semester I was able to participate in real brain research. I currently learn how to organize and conduct a study, with particular use of EEG.


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