Ph.D. in
Cognitive Sciences

UCI anthropology Ph.D. students

    Karen Arcos, '21 cog sci Ph.D., studies working memory variations in visually impaired and sighted individuals. |  Read More
 
 

 

about
OUR PROGRAM

 
Department of Anthropology A programmatic powerhouse. Full financial aid and funding. A lens-worthy location. The reasons students choose the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences for their graduate pursuits are many.

The UCI graduate program administered by the school's cognitive sciences department offers students five years of guaranteed funding.

Scholars in the department have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies - including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health - and from campus-level fellowships.

For 2020-21, the school brought in nearly $5.3M in external grant funding. About 66% of those funds - approx $3.51M - were awarded to Cog Sci faculty. Faculty in the department publish regularly in the field's top academic journals, and graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside them.

 

Learn more about cognitive sciences at UCI...

 


 

recent

RANKINGS

#01

 

university doing the most for the American dream
- The New York Times College Access Index

#02

 

"coolest school" for sustainability efforts
- Sierra Club Magazine

#06

 

best college in the nation
- Money Magazine

#09

 

best public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report

 A top ranked program with research strengths in computational and mathematical cognitive modeling, cognitive neuroscience, visual and auditory perception, attention, development, memory, language, and judgment and decision making. 

 
 


 

quick

FACTS

 


 

recent

JOB PLACEMENTS

 

Apple

Army Research Labs

Blizzard Entertainment

Carnegie Mellon University

Google

Johns Hopkins University

Mind Research Network

Navy Research Labs

Rutgers University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Zurich

Yale University

 


 

research

SPECIALITIES

 

Computational and mathematical cognitive modeling

Cognitive neuroscience (a concentration is offered in this topic)

Visual and auditory perception

Attention and representation

Learning and development

Memory and language

Judgment and decision making

 


 

graduate

SPOTLIGHT

 

  Vanessa Ceja | Area of Concentration: Decision Neuroscience

 

  Kenta Watanabe | Area of Concentration: Auditory Neuroscience

 

Further information on the graduate program and life as a graduate student can be found here.

 


 

what makes us

UNIQUE

 

Student walking on aldrich park

    UCI's campus is beautiful, rotating around Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden. The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.
 
 

The cognitive sciences department at UCI uses a combination of innovative approaches with modern tools to study fundamental human abilities including attention, memory, language, decision making, and problem solving.

Students work together with faculty advisors who are highly experienced in the use of leading technologies such as EEG, fMRI, and robotics, and of modern research tools such as computational methods, big data, and Bayesian statistics.

And, students have an opportunity to earn a master's degree in cognitive sciences, cognitive neuroscience, or statistics (depending on the program) while in pursuit of their Ph.D.

Graduate students from UCI's cognitive sciences program have gone on to work in high-tech and research consultancy companies; government, science, and technology labs; and in professorial posts around the world.

The UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index), the #1 university for beach lovers (Money Magazine), the #6 best college in the nation (Money Magazine) and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report).

If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you're looking for, contact us today to learn more about UCI's graduate program in cognitive sciences.
 

 There's really something here for everyone! 

- Tiffany Hwu '21, Ph.D. in Psychology
 

 
 


 

So what are you waiting for?

APPLY TODAY

If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for, contact us today to learn more about UCI’s graduate program in cognitive sciences.
 

 

 

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