MA in Cognitive Semiotics

Aarhus University

Program Description

MA in Cognitive Semiotics

Aarhus University

MA in Cognitive Semiotics

HUMAN MEANING-MAKING AT LARGE

HUMAN MEANING-MAKING AT LARGE

Cognitive Semiotics is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human meaning-making. The programme combines cognitive sciences – the science of how the brain works – with linguistics and aesthetics – a focus on language and art. Courses will attempt to answer a variety of theoretical as well as practical questions, such as, How do people process language? What cognitive abilities does a species need to have in order to develop a language? What draws people’s attention to different aspects of a piece of art?

Courses include aspects of linguistics, neuroscience, psychology and aesthetics so as to give students a holistic understanding of the subject. The goal is to explore the interrelationship between language, thought and perception, and the relationship between the physical properties of the brain and human cognitive abilities.

CROSS-SECTIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND APPROACHES

The approach to the study of meaning-making at Aarhus University is unique. This combined method allows students to see commonalities between different areas of study and to gain an understanding of how particular cognitive faculties can be used in different ways – for instance, the role of perception when an individual looks at an artwork, reads words, or participates in social interactions. Combining shared perspectives within different disciplines allows students insight into different aspects of understanding communication.

As research in this field has only just begun, Aarhus University’s programme is mostly based on experiments rather than theory. Students are taught how to formulate and test good hypotheses and how to set up experiments using scientific methodology. The university provides facilities to do eye-tracking, EEG studies, interaction studies, etc.

CAREER PROFILE

Like all humanities degrees, Cognitive Semiotics gives students the opportunity of a wide variety of career prospects. Many students pursue communication-related or research-related jobs, and some go on to do PhDs abroad.

“I really liked the study environment in Aarhus. The relationship between the student and the professor is fantastic, and sometimes the teachers even stay after class to talk about the topics we discussed in class, or just anything. Aarhus University also has really good PhD programmes. I don’t think you can find the same options anywhere else. Especially the 4+4 track where you start your PhD before you finish your Master’s degree is really amazing.”

MATEUSZ TOKARSKI

MA in Cognitive Semiotics, PhD student at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from Poland

PLACE OF STUDY

Aarhus

ANNUAL TUITION FEE

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE

Others: EUR 8,000

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated June 15, 2016
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Sept. 2016
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Full time
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8,000 EUR
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Denmark Aarhus
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