Higher Degree Research
The Department of Cognitive Science offers exceptional learning opportunities for students interested in pursuing higher degree research in the cognitive and brain sciences. Two exciting research training pathways are available – the Master of Research (MRes) and the PhD.
Master of Research (MRes)
For students passionate about research, the Department of Cognitive Science offers the Master of Research (MRes) degree. Macquarie University is the first Australian university to offer a two-year research training pathway program designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills to carry forward into a PhD in Australia or internationally.
This 2-year research training program offers students advanced coursework reflecting cutting-edge research in Cognitive Science as well as structured research training. MRes students will gain core knowledge in their specific research area as well as the broader fields of cognitive and brain science. In addition, students will gain intensive research experience while pursuing individual research projects under the supervision of a member of the Department. Research projects are designed to permit flexibility. The innovative combination of advanced disciplinary coursework and structured research training offered during the 2-year MRes program makes the MRes the ideal pathway into the PhD in Cognitive Science.
In Year 1 of the Cognitive Science MRes program, students explore key concepts and ground-breaking research methods used to investigate how the mind and brain work. This advanced coursework provides the intellectual foundation for commencing individual research projects in Year 2 of the MRes Program that are planned and developed by the candidate in collaboration with their supervisor.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cognitive Science
The Department of Cognitive Science offers an exceptional research and training environment for those interested in pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD is an ungraded degree awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate has the capacity to conduct independent research. The PhD program is designed to prepare students for careers as well-rounded scientists engaging in original research in the cognitive and brain sciences. The Department has a strong and sustained track record of research excellence and PhD supervision across a wide range of domains of cognitive science including memory, language, perception in action, and reading. Our distinguished researchers include ARC Federation Fellows, ARC Future Fellows, ARC QEII Fellows, ARC DECRA Fellows, NHMRC Fellows, and Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.
PhD supervision is provided across a wide range of domains of cognitive science including memory, language, perception in action, and reading. The Department of Cognitive Science boasts world-class researchers and state-of-the-art facilities, and the PhD program provides unparalleled access to both.
Thinking of applying?
Find contact details for potential supervisors
Find potential research areas
Look at how HDR research degrees work at MQ
The Department of Cognitive Science is co-hosts the International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain (IDEALAB). IDEALAB is a 3-year PhD research program that conducts interdisciplinary research on language and the brain. It includes three European universities and Macquarie University. IDEALAB students complete their research at least two different universities, and attend multiple summer and winter schools in various countries. See the IDEALAB webpage for more information.