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University of Tartu MA in Semiotics
University of Tartu

MA in Semiotics

2 Years


Full time

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Sep 2024

EUR 4,000 / per year *


* Tuition-waiver scholarships are available


Semiotics is a 2-year Master’s program 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 program binds together the theory of semiotics and three core modules – cultural semiotics, biosemiotics, and socio-semiotics.

Why study Semiotics at the University of Tartu?

  • The tradition of excellence in semiotic theory in Tartu was established by Juri Lotman, the founder of the semiotics of culture and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School, as well as the oldest journal of semiotics, Sign Systems Studies.
  • The Department of Semiotics is one of the most important centres of semiotics in Europe, with deep roots for cultural semiotics and biosemiotics. UT is one of the few institutions in the world teaching full master’s and doctoral degree programmes in semiotics.
  • UT collaborates and is regularly visited by professors from all over the world.
  • The finest collections of semiotic materials in Tartu include the memorial library of Thomas Sebeok and the Centre of Jakob von Uexküll.




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