Your degree in Cognitive Systems

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Cognitive Systems, you’ll be learning different approaches to natural and artificial thinking. You’ll also be developing important interdisciplinary skills that can be applied to cognition, language, and computation. 

These skills may include:

  • Evaluating of the connections between computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology, and relating them to real-world applications
  • Applying of principles and techniques used by natural and artificial intelligence systems
  • Research, data collection, synthesis, and presentation of information across diverse subjects
  • Observing of issues through diverse perspectives grounded in theories
  • Critical thinking and ability to debate different sides of an argument while considering philosophical and ethical implications
  • Designing new intelligent systems or interfaces
  • Collaborating with individuals from different backgrounds to innovate systems accounting for human-centred designs

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including research and development, technology, finance, public health, education, consulting, manufacturing, transportation, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Animal health technologist
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Biological technologist
  • Business manager
  • Business systems analyst
  • Child life specialist
  • Cognitive neuroscientist
  • Consultant
  • Crime scene examiner
  • Data analyst
  • Forensics psychologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Information systems manager
  • Linguistics advisor
  • Mediator
  • Member of Parliament
  • Mental health worker
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmaceutical researcher
  • Psychologist
  • Public affairs officer
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Robotics specialist
  • Scientific programmer
  • Social policy researcher
  • Social worker
  • Software developer
  • Speech pathologist
  • Systems quality assurance analyst
  • Technical support analyst
  • Technical writer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Web developer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Cognitive Systems graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.

Cognitive Systems is also a UBC Science specialization. Check out what you can do with a UBC Science degree or learn about other Science specializations.