UW Cognitive Science is a free of charge 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 the Institute of Philosophy UW.

Cognitive Science is organized as part of the University’s integrated development programme and financed from European Funds.
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  • graduates of the bachelor programme in the field of Cognitive Science
  • graduates of other fields of studies (eg. mathematics, informatics, philosophy), interested in deepening their knowledge and gaining practical skills to use modern research methods used in cognitive science and related sciences.


  • Increased competences for the international labour market

Because the entire programme is conducted in English, gaining knowledge, experience and competence in this language will allow our graduates to participate in the development of this still fresh field of science and increase their competitiveness on the international labour market.

  • Two specific thematic paths

The second-cycle Cognitive Science program is significantly more advanced than the first-cycle program, as well as more specific, focusing on two areas (in the form of two „thematic paths”) of empirical research in cognitive science and related sciences. The studies will prepare you primarily for research in science, the R&D sector, in companies from the field of new technologies.The studies will prepare you primarily for research in science, the R&D sector, in companies from the field of new technologies.


The neurocognitive path – you will gain in-depth theoretical and methodological knowledge of the cerebral basis (and broader – biological) of cognitive processes, the use of modern techniques for studying brain activity as well as planning and analyzing research while using them.


The computational path – you will gain in-depth knowledge and skills in computational modelling of natural language as well as cognitive and social processes. Emphasis is placed on the human behaviour and its products as well as on the cultural and environmental factors determining it.


  • Possibility of shaping your own course of study

Obligatory introductory courses and the choice of one of two paths ensure the necessary minimum level of skills that a modern cognitive scientist should be equipped with. At the same time, students have  a high level of flexibility and freedom in shaping their own course of study which also allows them to complete courses from both paths.

  • Practical experience in conducting research

Regardless of the path chosen, an important component of the study programme is organized around students’ work in research labs and in internships in cooperating companies. Thus the students participate in the work of selected teams and external companies gaining practical experience in conducting research, applying adequate research methods and techniques and using cognitive knowledge.



“Nature”, Warsaw is the country’s main research hub and is becoming a hub for globally competitive science. (“Poland: Into the light”, 2017),

“The QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018”, Warsaw received a very high score in the affordability category thanks to its combination of low living costs and reasonable tuition fees. (“The QS Best Student Cities Ranking”, 2018),

“fDi Intelligence” (Financial Times), Warsaw has retained the title of fDi’s Polish City of the Future for 2017/2018. (“Polish Cities of the Future 2017/18”, 2017),

“Business Insider”, Warsaw was ranked 15th among the most sociable and friendly cities in the world. (“The 19 most sociable and friendly cities in the world”, 2017),

“La Repubblica”, Warsaw is among the top European cities that are the best places to live and study in the Erasmus program. (“Erasmus, Varsavia è la migliore. Guida alle mete per tutte le tasche”, 2017).


International position

Taking into account the total number of research universities that reaches 20 thousand, the University of Warsaw is among the top 3% of the world’s best universities. According to international rankings, it also is the best university in Poland and one of the leading ones in this region of Europe. In addition, the University of Warsaw holds very good positions in comparative evaluations of the quality of education, in particular study programmes, such as the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking and Eduniversal Best Masters and MBA Worldwide. 17 programmes provided by UW have been listed in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 15 programmes offered by UW have been listed in Eduniversal Best Masters & MBA Ranking 2017.

The quality of education

The quality of education at the University of Warsaw is confirmed by the annual appraisals conducted by the university itself which show that the majority of students are satisfied with their selection of the university and the education programme. The University’s strongest points are: its prestige, development opportunities, the study environment. The quality of education is also confirmed by research conducted with the University’s graduates. The University of Warsaw conducts the largest research enterprise of its kind in Europe by monitoring the careers of former students. Results demonstrate that having a diploma from the University of Warsaw is a definite asset in the job market; 94% of respondents have found employment after graduation.

The broad offer

Approximately 47,600 people study at the University of Warsaw every year. The candidates are offered a very broad range of courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses combining knowledge and skills of many disciplines:

University of research

The leading concepts of the University’s activity are the unity of teaching and research, and the harmonious development of all branches of knowledge represented in its curriculum. The University employs 3,750 scholars, ¼ of whom hold professorial titles. Their scientific enquiry extends over 3,350 research topics; students who they concurrently teach have the opportunity of joining in their research projects. The University’s research teams have won worldwide recognition in many areas of knowledge and  have joined international research programmes.

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In the heart of Europe

The University of Warsaw community includes 4,400 foreigners: students, doctoral students, employees and grantees of, among others, the Erasmus+ programme. With respect to academic exchanges, the University of Warsaw stands out not only in Poland, but also internationally, being one of the leaders of the European Commission ranking issued as part its assessment of student exchange at over 3,000 institutions of higher education in the entire Europe. The University of Warsaw is most popular among students from Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Turkey.

The academic city

The University is located in the capital of Poland, one of the most dynamically developing European cities. Warsaw is the centre of political and economic life and has a lively social and cultural scene. It is steadily climbing the international rankings of the world’s most attractive urban areas: Top 50 of the City Brand Index, United Nations State of the World’s Cities report, best cities ranking and report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2017 Warsaw took 15th place among most sociable and friendly cities in the world (Businnes Insider, The 19 most sociable and friendly cities in the world, 2017). Warsaw has also – for the second time running – been named fDi’sPolish City of the Future (fDi Intelligence, Financial Times, Polish Cities of the Future 2017/18, 2017). According to QS Best Student Cities 2017 Warsaw took 52nd place among the best cities in the world. It receives a very high score in the affordability category – within the top five of the entire index – thanks to its combination of low living costs and reasonable tuition fees.

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Two faces

The University’s historical Main Campus, located in the very heart of Warsaw, is renowned for its splendid architecture. Its imposing buildings, some going back to the 17th century, are one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The opening of the nearby University Library building, which took place at the very end of the millennium, marked a new chapter in the history of the University’s architecture. New buildings, completed in the following years, are modern, functional and moreover architecturally interesting. The Natural Sciences campus consists of imposing structures with state-of-the-art laboratories.

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Auditorium Maximum at the historical Main Campus

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UW historical Main Campus

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