The PhD Program in Cognitive Systems is a work in progress. There is a COGS PhD Program and it is an innovative and challenging program for those with the ambition and initiative to carry out primary research involving potentially diverse disciplines. Due to constraints on graduate program structure at UBC, however, COGS cannot launch a standalone PhD program. Analogous to the undergraduate COGS program, in which COGS majors are hosted by specific academic departments (computer science, philosophy, etc.), the COGS PhD must reside within one or more academic departments.
At present, the Department of Linguistics is sole host of a COGS PhD. What does this mean?
Students interested in pursuing multidisciplinary research projects with a strong focus in Computer Science, Philosophy, or Psychology should consider applying to one of these graduate programs after establishing contact with a suitable potential research supervisor. All three departments have been at the core of the COGS undergraduate program since its inception in 2001. Many of their faculty members work directly as instructors in the COGS undergraduate program and/or indirectly as research supervisors for undergraduate research projects.
Canadian residents who intend to apply to the COGS PhD program are strongly encouraged to apply to one of the Canadian research councils (NSERC for engineering and computation; SSHRC for social science and humanities) for graduate fellowship funding.