Masters Programs in Semiotics

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Semiotics

Following undergraduate education, many students hope to enter fields that require a high level of expertise and education. A master's degree can make these careers possible. This path of study generally takes several years to complete and affords students vital experience and knowledge within a given discipline.

 

What is a Master in Semiotics? This is a degree that covers a broad range of subjects pertaining to language and the many ways it is put to use. Students often get the chance to specialize within this large and multifaceted discipline, which provides an invaluable opportunity to cater one's education to meet specific career goals. Curriculum can include courses in developmental and cognitive psychology, linguistics, rhetoric and communications. Other important topics that semiotics students consider are propaganda, digital media and the history of language.

 

The main benefit of attaining a master's degree in semiotics is the discipline’s extensive applicability. This degree teaches students new modes of considering language in its many forms, and these are skills that are transferrable to almost any context.

 

The best place to inquire about tuition and enrollment fees for a master's degree program is the school's admissions office. Each Master in Semiotics program will vary in cost, so contact individual schools directly for more information.

 

There are many career paths available to graduates of semiotics programs. Given the fact that this path of study fosters a strong foundation in communications and language in students, graduates are often in high demand for professions in law, politics and journalism. Semiotics graduates often make successful consultants, lawyers and political advocates. On the other hand, some students opt to remain within academia and become semiotics researchers and professors, with many going on to receive doctorates in the field.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the many Master in Semiotics programs available around the world, look no further than our searchable database. We can help you identify which program is right for you. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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European Master in Lexicography

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Germany Nürnberg

The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) is an international Master’ s degree programme (120 ECTS) that has been offered by the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg since 2009. [+]

Masters in Semiotics. The European Master in Lexicography (EMLex) is an international Master’ s degree programme (120 ECTS) that has been offered by the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg since 2009. It includes a joint summer semester abroad for all students in cooperation with the following universities and institutions: Partner universities Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem Budapest Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach (Kattowitz) Université de Lorraine Universidade do Minho Universita degli Studi Roma Tre Universidade de Santiago de Compostela [1] [2] Stellenbosch University Associated partners Universität Hildesheim Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim University of Texas at Austin Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Basic idea and general objectives The master programme EMLex is an international course of studies that promotes the international and interdisciplinary training of lexicographers (unique in Germany and Europe in its present structure) teaches lexicographical theories on a high international level includes a distinct connection to the practical application of dictionary creation brings together students from different European countries. Post-graduates will be qualified to work both as lexicographers at a publishing company and as academic lexicographers in all fields of lexicography, starting from the conception of printed and electronic dictionaries and specific lexicographical tasks through to the technical realization of lexicographical products. Besides, they will recieve profound training in the theoretical field of modern lexicography, which will enable them to conduct scientific research or to work in an advisory position in the field of publishing and further education. The four-semester programme can be taken up each winter term; the second semester is completed abroad. The programme corresponds to the regulations of the Bologna process: The overall number of ECTS points granted is 120 (the modules have either 5 or 10 ECTS points). The total number of students who are registered for EMLex at the participating universities is limited to 30 per year, which is due to the particular design of the block seminars during the summer term. These seminars constitute the key components of the programme’ s international orientation. Students are expected to conduct large amounts of private study, because a considerable degree of self-motivation is required. The modules are either e-learning-modules, specific lexicography modules or import modules from other courses of study. The post-graduates will be absolute specialists Europe-wide because such a master degree programme in lexicography is unique in Germany and Europe, even more so with regard to its international form of organization. In addition to the usual master degree at the university, the students will receive an extra certificate in which the internationality of the contents of the studies is documented. Conditions of admission The admission to the master programme is subject to special conditions: A first academic degree with a mark above average and a special entrance examination (cf. examination regulations). A basic command of German and English, which can be deepened in the first semester, is essential for participation in the programme because the lectures will be held in these two languages. A proficiency level of B1 or higher (Common European Framework of Reference) is recommended from the beginning. Curriculum The curriculum places an emphasis on the following lexicographical topics: Typology of dictionaries, dictionary research, metalexicography, history of lexicography, corpus work, research of dictionary usage, user needs and preconditions of usage, critical dictionary research, functions of dictionaries, bilingual lexicography, lexicographical data, applied lexicography, work in the lexicographical workshop, lexicographical tools, lexicography for special purposes, terminology and terminography, computational lexicography, electronic dictionaries, encyclopaedic dictionaries, learner lexicography, lexicology, etymology. Soft skills include language courses and a computer science module. Funding The EMLex is being supported by the European Erasmus Mundus programme and can thus offer 2-year scholarships to international students with good German and English knowledge and basic linguistic knowledge. Application deadline: 31st January For more information, please click here. [-]

Master's of Philosophy in English Linguistics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Tromsø

The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. [+]

The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. Programme description The Master's degree programme in English Linguistics covers graduate level studies in English linguistics, and is to be seen as an extension of work at the Bachelor's level. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The programme has a strong comparative component, although the study of English naturally maintains a central place in the programme. Students will develop insight into the structure of language in general and of English in particular, social and geographic variation, as well as the historical development and acquisition of English. At the Master's level, students will develop special interests based on their coursework and will write either a Master's Thesis or two article-length papers whose main empirical focus should be on English. The programme consists of the following components: 60 ECTS of coursework and 60 ECTS for either one (1) thesis, or two (2) articles Both the coursework and thesis/articles must have English as their main empirical focus. The three elective ten credit courses can come from any 3000-level course in language or linguistics offered by the groups for English and General Linguistics. If their relevance for the programme can be demonstrated, other courses may be accepted by application. Master's Thesis The degree includes 60 ECTS which must be earned either (i) by writing one Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) or (ii) by writing two papers (30 ECTS each). This work is normally done individually, but may be part of a larger research project being carried out at the faculty, especially projects being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). The topics for this work will be chosen in consultation with one of the academic staff, who will serve as a supervisor. Those opting to write two papers, must write one of them in the core disciplines phonology or syntax. The two papers cannot be in the same field. Part-time studies In principle, the programme is open for part-time studies, however the structure of the programme is not designed to accommodate part-time students. Interdisciplinary courses Some of the Master's degree programmes offered by the faculty overlap to a certain degree in that they offer a range of "interdisciplinary" courses. For example, the core disciplines of phonology and syntax are taught as part of both Theoretical Linguistics and English Linguistics, and are therefore assigned a HIF-code in the university catalogue. Not all of the HIF-courses, however, may be appropriate for incorporation into a given programme. To find out which HIF-courses are accepted as part of the Master's degree programme in English Linguistics, please contact the programme staff. Progression The following courses are compulsory in Semester 1: HIF-3010 Syntax I, HIF-3022 Phonology I. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. The following course is compulsory in Semester 2: Either HIF-3011 Syntax II or HIF-3021 Phonology II. In addition students are required to complete two elective courses. Learning outcomes After completing the Master's of Philosophy in English Linguistics the students will have acquired the following: Knowledge and understanding: specialised knowledge of a linguistic subfield through work with the Master's Thesis deeper knowledge of English linguistics through the study of core subjects broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research Skills: The students will have achieved ability to orient themselves in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research skills in problem solving, analysis of linguistic data, and in presentation of findings according to academic standards skills in communicating scientific content in English at a high level Competence: The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's programme in English Linguistics requires a Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in English Linguistics, or a degree combining English language and literature, or equivalent qualification. The applicant should have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated work in English linguistics and/or language. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master's Thesis project. More information on admission requirements: Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. Teaching and assessment Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. Evaluation is carried out at the end of each course on the basis of a portfolio of the students written work. As a Master's student, you will be assigned a supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout your studies. The Master's Thesis will be assigned a grade (from A to F); the coursework will be graded on the same scale. For information about examinations; please see the individual course descriptions. Exchange possibilities Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the international coordinator at the faculty for more information. Job prospectives The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work, for example teaching, programming, administration, industry or the media. Access to further studies On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD in Linguistics. [-]

Master's of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics

UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Norway Tromsø

The programme is well suited for students who wish to study language from a comparative perspective. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. [+]

Masters in Semiotics. The programme is well suited for students who wish to study language from a comparative perspective. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. The Master's of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics covers graduate level studies in theoretical linguistics, and is to be seen as an extension of work at the Bachelor's level. The programme places special emphasis on the formal aspects of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology. The approach to these disciplines relies on comparative studies of many languages. Students will develop insight into the structure of language, comparative aspects of linguistic research, social and geographic variation, the historical development of languages and language acquisition. At the Master's level, students will develop special interests based on their coursework and will write either a Master's Thesis or two article-length papers. The programme consists of the following components: 60 ECTS of coursework and 60 ECTS for either (1) one thesis, or (2) two articles. The two elective ten credit courses can come from any 3000-level course in language or linguistics offered by the groups for English and General Linguistics. By application, other courses may be accepted (e.g. courses in philosophy, psychology, mathematics, and so on). Master's Thesis The degree includes 60 ECTS which must be earned either (i) by writing one Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) or (ii) by writing two papers (30 ECTS each). This work is normally done individually, but may be part of a larger research project being carried out at the faculty, especially projects being carried out at the Center for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). The topics for this work will be chosen in consultation with one of the academic staff, who will serve as a supervisor. Those opting to write two papers, must write one of them in the core disciplines phonology or syntax. The two papers cannot be in the same field. Interdisciplinary courses Some of the Master's degree programmes offered by the faculty overlap to a certain degree in that they offer a range of "interdisciplinary" courses. For example, the core disciplines of phonology and syntax are taught as part of both Theoretical Linguistics and English Linguistics, and are therefore assigned a HIF-code in the university catalogue. Not all of the HIF-courses, however, may be appropriate for incorporation into a given programme. To find out which HIF-courses are accepted as part of the Master's degree programme in Theoretical Linguistics, please contact the programme staff. Progression The following courses are compulsory in Semester 1: HIF-3010 Syntax I, HIF-3022 Phonology I. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. The following courses are compulsory in Semester 2: HIF-3011 Syntax II, and HIF-3021 Phonology II. In addition students are required to complete an elective course. Elective courses may be selected from the list of courses offered by the groups for English, Finnish, French, Linguistics, German, Scandinavian, Russian and Saami. Note that elective courses must be oriented to theory of language rather than practical language learning. It is also possible to take courses offered by other Faculties as long as their relevance to the degree can be documented. Learning outcomes After completing the Master's programme in Theoretical Linguistics the students will have acquired the following: Knowledge and understanding: specialised knowledge of a linguistic subfield through work with the Master's Thesis deeper knowledge of theoretical linguistics through the study of core subjects broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research Skills: The students will have achieved the ability to orient themselves in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research skills in problem solving, analysis of linguistic data, and in presentation of findings according to academic standards skills in communicating scientific content at a high level Competence: The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work. Admission requirements Admission to the Master's programme in Theoretical Linguistics requires a Bachelor's Degree (180 ECTS) in a language or linguistics, or a degree combining linguistics and literature, or equivalent qualification. The applicant should have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated work in linguistics and/or language. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required. Applicants must enclose an application essay (Statement of purpose) written in English (maximum of two pages). This should include descriptions of their motivation for, interest in and expectations relating to their Master's degree studies and ideas for their Master's Thesis project. More information on admission requirements: Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is 15 April for admission to the autumn semester Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: The application deadline for international applicants is 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. Applicants from Nordic countries (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Danemark) with upper secondary education from these countries must apply as regular applicants. Foreign non Nordic applicants with valid residency in Norway and proof of Norwegian language proficiency must apply as regular applicants. Norwegian citizens with upper secondary education from a non-Nordic country must apply as international applicant. Teaching and assessment Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. Evaluation is carried out at the end of each course on the basis of a portfolio of the students written work. As a Master's student, you will be assigned a supervisor who will monitor your progress throughout your studies. The Master's Thesis will be assigned a grade (from A to F); the coursework will be graded on the same scale. For information about examinations, please see the individual course descriptions. Exchange possibilities Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the international coordinator at the faculty for more information. Job prospectives The core goal of the programme is to prepare students for study at PhD level. It also qualifies for work in occupations that require thorough knowledge of human language and/or experience with independent project work, for example teaching, programming, administration, industry or the media. Access to further studies On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to a PhD in Linguistics. [-]

MA in Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Semiotics

Lund University
Campus Full time September 2017 Sweden Lund

Cognitive semiotics is the trans-disciplinary study of language, communication, media and mind, from the perspective of the concepts meaning and sense. Lund University offers you a unique opportunity to pursue advanced studies in Languages and Linguistic and access to the most modern resources for research and education. [+]

Programme overview

Lund University offers you a unique opportunity to pursue advanced studies in languages and linguistics at Master's level. The Centre for Languages and Literature offers students access to the most modern resources for research and education. You will meet and study together with students from a number of different fields of specialisation. The languages of instruction are English and the language corresponding to the field of your specialisation. As a Master's student, you will have the possibility of receiving funding for a stay abroad to conduct research on your Master's thesis through grants available from the Birgit Rausing Language Programme.

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Master in Semiotics

University of Tartu
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Estonia Tartu

Study cultural semiotics at the university which is home to Tartu-Moscow School of Cultural Semiotics founded by Yuri Lotman. [+]

Semiotics is a 2-year Master’s programme that provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific study. Semiotics is the general study of sign processes, or semiosis. The programme binds together the theory of semiotics and three core modules – cultural semiotics, biosemiotics and sociosemiotics.

Why study semiotics at the University of Tartu? The tradition of excellence in semiotic theory in Tartu was established by Yuri Lotman in 1960s, the founder of semiotics of culture and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School, as well as the oldest journal of semiotics, Sign Systems Studies; UT is one the few institutions in the world teaching full Master´s and PhD degree programs in semiotics since 1993; As one of world´s major centres of semiotics, the University of Tartu collaborates and is regularly visited by professors from all around the world: Myrdene Anderson, Paul Bouissac, John Deely, Dinda Gorlee, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Winfried Nöth, Roland Posner, Frederik Stjernfelt, Eero Tarasti etc.; The finest collections of semiotic materials in Tartu include the memorial library of Thomas Sebeok, one of the world leaders in the 20th century semiotics, and the Centre of Jakob von Uexküll, a Baltic German whose works have been very important to the development of biosemiotics. Audience ... [-]

Master of Applied and General Linguistics

Australian National University - College of Arts & Social Sciences
Campus Full time Australia Canberra

The program is designed for people who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, and also for people coming from cognate areas such as speech pathology, audiology, interpreting or translation studies, language teaching, and editing. [+]

Do you have a passion for languages? Our program focuses on the nature, use and structure of language, as well as how to apply this knowledge in contexts ranging from second language learning and education, social interaction, communication across cultures, intercultural communication to language policy and language politics. This program is for you if you are interested in human linguistic capabilities in general, as well as the description and explanation of particular languages. You can undertake a specialisation in one of 19 languages. The program is designed for people who already have prior knowledge of linguistics or applied linguistics, and also for people coming from cognate areas such as speech pathology, audiology, interpreting or translation studies, language teaching, and editing. This degree provides you with the opportunity to draw on over thirty linguistics experts as well as expert teachers of many languages. Admissions Requirements Domestic A Bachelor degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students International A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Career opportunities: The Master of General and Applied Linguistics will advance your career in education, translation and interpreting, language teaching, speech pathology, audiology, editing, language policy, cross-cultural communication, language documentation and other positions in government and private business. It is also a pathway to further studies. Further studies: Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced) In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master’s qualification. Admissions requirements By transfer from the Master of General and Applied Linguistics, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks. Flexible Double Masters The Flexible Double Master Degree provides enormous flexibility through being able to combine any two degrees available in the program for which the entry requirements are met and, by cross counting of electives, completing two degrees in one year less than completing the degrees separately. For students who are eligible for credit for previous degrees or work experience, the double degree may require as little as two years. CRICOS code: 088510F [-]