Cognitive Studies

50.04.01In english and russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • History and Methodology of Cognitive Science
  • Cognitive Neurophysiology
  • Interdisciplinary Approach to Language (in English)
  • Complex Systems
  • Modern Cognitive Psychology
  • Human Evolution, Culture and Behaviour
  • Evolution, Human Cognition and Language (in English)
Our advantages
  • Interdisciplinary approach and active interaction of representatives of various branches of science involved in cognitive studies
  • The opportunity to carry out research into interdisciplinary fields: psycholinguistics; neurolinguistics; cognitive psychology; cognitive psychophysiology; and cognitive neurophysiology
  • Studying state-of-the-art technologies in the field of human brain research and gaining experience on special-purpose equipment: electroencephalography; eye-tracking; and others
  • Acquaintance with the leading research centres of St Petersburg, including: N.P. Bekhtereva Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences; the Laboratory of Electroencephalography, St Petersburg University; and Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Taught in Russian and English
International relations
  • The University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Charles University (the Czech Republic)
  • The University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • The University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
  • The University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • The University of Edinburgh (Great Britain)
Main areas of research

Research related to the study of: cognition; thinking; perception; knowledge representation and acquisition; specific features of language as a means of cognition and communication; and brain mechanisms of cognition and complex behaviours.

Practical training and career opportunities


Graduates can be engaged in: teaching and research work in human and animal cognitive activity; artificial intelligence and equipment design; software applications and environments; and human psychological development. They can also work as administrative and managerial personnel at any level in institutions and enterprises in the field of education and science, and organization of scientific events.

Practical training

  • Pavlov Institute of Physiology, the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • N.P. Bekhtereva Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The Laboratory of Cognitive Studies, St Petersburg University

Prospective Employers

  • The Laboratory of Cognitive Studies, St Petersburg University
  • Pavlov Institute of Physiology, the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain)