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Certificate in Cognitive Psychology

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
07 Feb 2023 (Tue)
7 months
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee

Deadline on 31 Jan 2023 (Tue)
2975 5657
2571 0630
How to Apply

This programme provides the basic knowledge of cognitive psychology, cognitive science and machine learning to individuals who want to pursue their further studies in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, quantitative psychology, data science, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, or other related disciplines in bachelor’s or postgraduate’s programmes at universities. 

(Note: This is an introductory level programme, so no programming background is required.)



Training in cognitive science prepares students admirably well for many of the disciplines that are targeted as the major growth fields of the 21st century, e.g., psychology, education, data science, medical analysis, virtual reality, artificial intelligence. As the world is enclosed by the information age, cognitive psychologists will be uniquely positioned to deal with this information. The programme aims to establish foundations for individuals who want to pursue their studies in the areas of psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, data science, etc.

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  1. describe the history and development of cognitive science;
  2. describe the role of cognitive science in the field of psychology;
  3. explain the concept and the development of language;
  4. explain the differences betw
  5. een human vision and computer vision;
  6. apply the fundamental concepts of machine learning and the programming basics in cognitive psychology;
  7. identify the role of cognitive psychology in developing the technologies behind artificial intelligence, and of the foundational concepts those technologies provide back to cognitive psychology.


  1. Introduction
    - Overview of the programme
    - The philosophy and history of cognitive psychology
    - The role of artifacts in human cognition, the essential characteristics and long-term goals of research in the cognitive science, especially cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence
  2. From cognitive psychology to cognitive science: Classification and clustering
    - Explore how machine learning is being used in cognitive psychology
    - Principle of grouping
    - Theory of trial and error learning process
  3. From cognitive psychology to cognitive science: Language
    - The evolution of language
    - Word recognition and speech recognition
  4. From cognitive psychology to cognitive science: Human vision, computer vision, and neural science
    - Neurons and their role in the human brain
    - Human vision and face recognition
    -  Computer vision and image-recognition technology
  5. Recent applications in cognitive neuroscience
    - EEG and fMRI
    - Mindfulness and wellness promotion
  6. Concepts about machine learning
    - Overview of machine learning techniques and tools
    - The machine learning models
    - Supervised learning
    - Unsupervised learning

Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE "Certificate in Cognitive Psychology".

(Remark: For some sessions, students are required to bring laptops for in-class exercises. Prior notice will be given.)

Application Code 2070-CS048A -

Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
  • Saturday, 2:00p.m.- 6:00p.m.
  • - 3-hour Lecture (24 weeks): Tuesdays, February 7, 2023 – July 18, 2023
    - 4-hour Experimental Class (7 weeks): Saturdays, February 25, March 18, April 15, May 6 & 27, June 17, July 8, 2023

Applicants shall:

(a) have gained in the HKDSE Examination Level 2 in five subjects including English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics, Liberal Studies and 1 elective subject;  or

(b) have gained in the HKCEE Grade E in 3 subjects and Level 2 in Chinese Language and English Language*;  or

(c) have gained in the HKALE Grade E in 1 AL subject or 2 AS subjects

* With effect from 2007, HKU SPACE recognises Grade E previously awarded for Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) (Grade C in the case of English Language (Syllabus A)) at HKCEE as an acceptable alternative to Level 2 in these two subjects at HKCEE.

*  Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$10,000

  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate in Cognitive Psychology
COURSE CODE 44C106056 FEES $10,000 ENQUIRY 2975-5865
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Cognitive Psychology

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [3])

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Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit: i) a completed application form, ii) copies of academic certificates, iii) a copy of HKID card or passport, iv) an application fee of HK$150 by crossed cheque (payable to “HKU SPACE”)  to the following address:

Ms. Sophie Wong

HKU SPACE, 11/F, Fortress Tower,

250 King’s Road,

North Point, H.K.

(Remarks: Application for Certificate in Cognitive Psychology)