Your degree in Cognitive Systems

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:

  • Evaluation of the connections between computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology, and relating them to real-world applications
  • Application of principles and techniques used by natural and artificial intelligent systems
  • Research, collection, synthesis, and presentation of information across diverse subjects
  • Observation 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
  • Design of new intelligent systems or interfaces
  • Collaboration 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


Crime scene examiner

Data analyst

Forensics psychologist


Guidance counsellor

Human-computer interface designer

Human resources specialist

Information systems manager

Linguistics advisor


Member of Parliament

Mental health worker

Occupational therapist

Pharmaceutical researcher


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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Cognitive Systems Society
Meet students interested in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and more.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Summer Tech Camps
Connect kids and teens to science, programming, and robotics as a summer camp staff member.

Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your startup idea to the next level.

UBC Brain, Attention, and Reality Lab
Apply to volunteer as a research assistant.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action
Volunteer your time in a research role focused on the development, analysis, and application of AI systems.

Attend the conference, do some industry networking, or join an innovation challenge in term 2.

UBC Neuroscience Club
Learn about neuroscience research through weekly journal club meetings, student-led seminars, and an annual conference.

UBC Turing Club
Learn how to understand and work with artificial intelligence and machine learning – no coding experience required.

UBC Computer Science Student Society
Find volunteer opportunities, socialize with your peers, and network with industry members at events.

UBC Speech and Linguistics Student Association
Access peer tutoring services, attend career panel talks or social events, and learn about volunteer opportunities.

UBC Philosophy Students’ Association
Attend guest lectures, departmental dinners, and the annual undergraduate conference.

UBC Psychology Students’ Association
Sign up for resume and CV workshops, meet your Psychology professor, and attend fun events.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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 a UBC Science specialization—see what you can do with a UBC Science degree or explore other Science specializations.