Here is feedback from some of our alumni — they have allowed us to upload a picture and details about their current position.
“Coming from a Computer Science background, I joined this Masters without any previous experience in Neuroscience or Psychology. Thanks to this unique programme, I can now confidently say that I can read, understand and apply state-of-the-art literature from both the Computational and Cognitive realms of Neuroscience. This allows me to bring to the table a perspective that most AI researchers lack, that is, inspiration from biological systems, and most importantly, from the only intelligent machine we currently know of: the brain. ” (Badr AlKhamissy, 2019-20)
“I wanted a Neuroscience based degree to work on brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the MSc in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience was exactly what I was looking for as it is an interdisciplinary degree that combines the cutting edge in Cognitive Neuroscience with Multivariate Statistics as well as Python programming and Neural Networks. I achieved my learning objectives with this degree although it meant a lot of hard work (as I had no Neuroscience or Psychology background but come from a Computing background). Traditional AI degrees just focus on old algorithms whereas with this degree I was able to learn the latest theories, on how the brain makes classifications, decisions and predictions, as inspiration to apply these to AI. I really enjoyed the classes and learned a lot”. (Tolga Ors, 2018-19 and 2019-20)
“Through various modules such as ‘Neural Networks’ or ‘Modelling Cognitive Functions’ I learned how to think of the brain as an intelligent machine. The wide range of topics covered has provided me with solid foundations to work in Neuroscience or AI. Moreover, the Research Project was also a great opportunity to apply what I have learned during the year and helped me to refine my career project.” (Maxime Carrière, 2018-19)
“This unique MSc in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience enabled me to learn and use the current scientific approaches to understand the relationship between brain and cognition, by combining computational/mathematical models and the fundamentals of cognitive neuroscience. Thanks to the skills that I gained from this cutting-edge MSc programme, I have got the opportunity to continue my studies as a Ph.D. student. Also being in Goldsmiths — which has a friendly and open-minded environment — helped a lot, especially during intense study times!” (Serra Yagis, 2018-19)
“I really enjoyed doing the MSc in computational cognitive neuroscience, it was great to be around so many passionate and enthusiastic people that were interested in what I love. I came from a background of neuroscience so the course was the perfect crossover into the more computational elements that I want to do in my career, such as coding and neural networks.” (Alex Whelan, 2018-19, presently Data Analyst at Trussle)
“Goldsmiths is definitely the place to be!” says Esther Ptasczynski, who is now PhD candidate at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Humboldt University / Charité, University Medicine Berlin) – (October 2020)
“This intense MSc in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience provided me with a unique combination of contemporary scientific theory and practical training in cutting-edge methodology, which are essential for future developments in neurocomputational research.
I experienced Goldsmiths as a place where creative and critical thinking are welcome, where innovative ideas emerge in an interdisciplinary research environment and where social study leads to personal growth as well as to an inspiring exchange of ideas. Goldsmiths is definitely the place to be!” (Esther Ptasczynski, 2018-19)
“The MSc in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience is a complete ensemble of modules that bridges the gap between biological exploration and computational simulation. From cortical dynamics to neural networks, this course was both stimulating from a theoretical perspective and practical in applying the mechanics. Whether you want to develop skills for a career path in data science, continue on to further study, or both, this MSc has given me the opportunity to decide for myself” (Andrew Rice, 2018-19)
“My background was in psychology/cognitive neuroscience and I was greatly interested in the intersection and interplay between AI, neuroscience and connectionist psychology. Overall, I really enjoyed this challenging academic course; it was truly interdisciplinary and blended elements of cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I especially enjoyed the range of invited speakers on current topics such as deep learning on medical imaging to neuroscience and robotic control. Lastly, it was an extraordinarily enriching experience to study alongside classmates with academic backgrounds ranging from theoretical physics, neurobiology, philosophy, computer science and more. ” (Samora Hunter, 2018-19)
“I have learnt a lot of valuable skills and lessons from this course. I was not confident in giving presentations and I usually did not speak as loud, but after doing a lot of them in this course my confidence has increased and I am able to explain much better then I previously did.
I got introduced to new topics and areas which were really fun exploring. I really enjoyed the coding projects in Neural networks, Cortical Modelling and the dissertation in EEG analysis as they have given me a solid foundation on coding in general. I have also enjoyed the topic that you both have taught us and the support you have given us. Therefore, I would like to say thank you! I may not have been the best, but I gave my best in this course.” (Nayan Thapa, 2018-19)
“Through an in-depth education in both computational and cognitive approaches to the study of brain function, the MSc provided me with a unique set of tools for this new and exciting field of scientific research. Challenging yet rewarding, the programme delivered training in many relevant areas of scientific life, from technical aspects such as mathematical modelling, data analysis, and neurobiology, to career skills such as conference poster design and lecture presentation. The programme’s close connection with industry partners also enabled me to undertake a 3 month internship at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, a great opportunity which allowed me to utilise this knowledge while gaining invaluable experience, as well as providing me with mentoring and support from leaders in the field.” (Frederick Taylor, 2018-2019)