FAQ

To be eligible to apply for Cognitive Systems, you must be a student at UBC. For applying to UBC, please consult the Admissions Office.

To apply for the streams in the Faculty of Arts: B.A. Cognition and Brain (Psychology stream), B.A. Language (Linguistics stream) and B.A. Mind, Language, and Computation (Philosophy stream)

  • You must be a UBC student in the Faculty of Arts. For applying to the Faculty of Arts, please consult the Faculty of Arts.
  • Once you are in the Faculty of Arts, apply to COGS by clicking on the "Apply Now" button on the top right of this website. Application instructions can be found hereThe application deadline for 2019W entry is May 15, 2019.

To apply for the streams in the Faculty of Science: B.Sc. Cognition and Brain (Psychology stream) and B.Sc. Computational Intelligence and Design (Computer Science stream)

  • You must be a UBC student in the Faculty of Science. For applying to the Faculty of Science, please consult the Faculty of Science.
  • Once you are in the Faculty of Science, apply to COGS through the Second-Year Application.

Click here for more information about the skills COGS equips you with and examples of what COGS alumni are pursuing.

Cognitive Systems courses are listed here. There are currently 5 COGS courses - COGS200, COGS300, COGS303, COGS401 and COGS402.

Have a look at the degree requirements page and find your stream, as program (and faculty) requirements are different for each stream.

First, look here to see if your question can be answered by your Program Coordinator. Please include your student number in your email, and ask the question in the body of the email.

For appointment requests: please indicate the subject matter in order to minimize cases where you go to an appointment only to find out that the question was actually not answerable by COGS Program (e.g. the question needs to be answered at the Faculty level, not the Program level).

  • Become a member of the Cognitive Systems Society (CSS) and attend/volunteer at their events! The CSS hosts various workshops and social events over the course of the year in addition to the annual larger events e.g. Welcome back BBQ, Alumni Night, Robot Party. Learn more about the CSS here.
  • Start volunteering at a research lab in UBC! (This will also prepare you for your COGS 402.)

  1. Start by introspection. What areas of research interest you? Do you have someone in mind who you'd love to work with?
  2. To find inspiration, see what Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology are up to. Note that your COGS 402 does not necessarily need to be in your stream. For example, a student in the computational intelligence and design stream could do a COGS 402 project at a psychology lab. A student in the language stream could do a COGS 402 project under a supervisor in philosophy.
  3. Reach out! Send an email (remember to do some research beforehand - what project(s) would you be interested in working on and why?) and/or say hello in person. In case the lab or supervisor is not familiar with what a COGS 402 is, have the information handy (it can be found here).
  • For some labs, there may be an "onboarding period" (a time period when you get trained up on how to run studies) before you become eligible to do a COGS 402 project. This onboarding period varies across labs (some labs may have no onboarding period), but it could take 1 full term. This is one of the reasons why students are encouraged to start looking for a project supervisor well in advance.
  • Not sure if a project is suitable for COGS 402? Do not hesitate to contact your COGS 402 instructor or the COGS Program Coordinator.
  • Interested in doing a COGS 402 project with labs outside of UBC or with industry? It is possible, but it is trickier to arrange - proceed with caution. When in doubt, contact your COGS 402 instructor or the COGS Program Coordinator.
  • For more information on how to prepare for your COGS 402 project, it is recommended to attend "Gearing Up for 402" hosted by the Cognitive Systems Society (CSS). Students who have completed their 402 projects will be there to offer insight.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a TA, contact the Program Coordinator. To apply for becoming a COGS TA, go here (log in with your CWL) TA applications open in mid-January and close at the beginning of March.

Tuition for undergraduate students is calculated on a per credit basis. For more information, click here.

Click here to find out more about awards and financial assistance. If you would like to apply for funding from one of the university’s undergraduate research competitions, the appropriate competition will depend on your faculty of study, on whether you are an international or domestic student, and on the area of your project. Information for Arts students can be found here, and information for Science students can be found here, but these sites do not exhaustively list the possible sources of funding.