Postgraduate course

Advanced topics in cognitive psychology

  • ECTS credits7.5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMAPSYK317
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course highlights factors that may affect core human cognitive activities, from perception and categorization through reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making to intuition and metacognition. It focuses on culture, language, and the relation between conscious and non-conscious processes as potential factors for shaping cognition, and it takes an interdisciplinary approach to a set of important fields, ranging from our understanding of fundamental domains (such as space, time, or causality) to how we perceive, and behave in, more complex situations (such as climate change). The course will also include a discussion of the extent to which these insights are relevant for our daily lives and for potential applications.

Learning Outcomes


After completing the course the student is be able to:

  • understand and apply topical research paradigms in the scientific field covered by the course, including:
    • cognitive representations and processing
  • influences of culture and language on human cognition
  • relation between conscious and non-conscious processes


After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • reflect on and discuss research problems in the scientific field covered by the course
  • develop and assess research designs and methods in line with the scientific field
  • present research issues related to the different sub-topics of the course to an academic audience

General competence

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • critically reflect on scientific literature on the different sub-topics of the course
  • participate in research in the scientific field
  • communicate research findings.

Access to the Course

Open to students in the Master's Programme in Psychology at the University of Bergen. Also open to exchange students at the master's level as well as to students with a B.A. in psychology and related fields such as cognitive science.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course comprises a mixture of different teaching forms, including:

  • general lectures on topics in the research field (7x2 hours)
  • a mix of lectures and seminar-work focused on possible topics for master theses (2x2 hours)
  • an interactive seminar with supervision in which students develop and work on their own research question (2x2 hours)

Forms of Assessment

  • Assignment of a written paper (max 10 pages/4000 wors) in APA style over a period of 10 days
  • An oral presentation at the end of the course (individually og in groups, depending on the number of students)
  • Attending the oral presentation at the end of the course

If students have legitimate abscence at one or more parts of the assessment, the lacking part(s) of the assessment can be completed the following examination semester.

Grading Scale


Reading List

Recommended literature, see Mitt UiB.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the teaching in accordance with the quality assurance system of UiB.


Department of Psychosocial Science.


Contact Information

Information Centre: tel. (+47) 55 58 27 10

E-mail: studieveileder.psyfa@uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home assignment and oral presentation

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Home assignment

      Submission deadline
      12.03.2018, 12:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral presentation

    • Exam part: Participation on presentation day