Queen's University Belfast

Cognition and Culture

Queen's University Belfast
In Belfast City

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Typology PhD
Location Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
Start Different dates available
  • PhD
  • Belfast city (Northern Ireland)
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The Institute of Cognition and Culture (ICC) is one of the world's first centres for research in the cognitive science of culture. This is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field in which scholars seek to explain patterns of cultural stability and variation utilising theories and methods of the cognitive and evolutionary sciences. We offer a unique programme of Doctoral research that is based on the recognition of a need to cross traditional disciplinary divisions in the scientific study of cultural phenomena. Our training in a wide range of research methods and theoretical approaches equips students for rigorous scientific investigation, enabling them to generate significant discoveries that are of relevance to potentially many diverse fields of academic scholarship on cognition and culture. Research Strengths The primary topical research interests at the Institute include: Religious beliefs and ritual actions Secularism and atheism Social cognition (moral psychology, intergroup conflict, etc.) Agency The production, development and investigation of scientific hypotheses in each of these domains of human culture are grounded in the body of knowledge emerging from the evolutionary and cognitive sciences. Share this course Share " The ICC offered a dynamic and supportive environment to explore my research interests, create successful research collaborations with staff and fellow students, and gain valuable teaching experience. My PhD allowed me to pursue a career in academia, and since graduating I have held postdoctoral positions at other leading UK universities." Dr Lauren Swiney
PHD 2014

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Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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· Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School. International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. English Language Requirements International students (where English is not their...

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What you'll learn on the course

Cognitive Science

Course programme

Special Features

In 2017, Aarhus University will be offering a PhD studentship in the Cognitive Science of Religion, for a joint PhD with the Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Institute building comprises work spaces and computer-equipped offices for students and staff, a seminar room, and four laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art multimedia resources.

The Institute holds weekly 'lab' meetings to allow for further training and collaboration.

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Career Prospects Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive...

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