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.
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.
MA in Cognitive Semiotics, PhD student at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from Poland
The programme consists of five main modules:
In addition to the above five modules, the programme offers several other courses and seminars. And the centre also has an open research seminar, where current questions regarding semiotics and its relationship to other areas, from mathematics to philosophy, from logic to anthropology and biology, are taken up, and various guest speakers are introduced and their presentations discussed.
Other courses treat specific subjects in depth, such as special areas of the history of semiotics, cognition research, the basis for semiotics, etc., and still others will be handled by PhD students, and will be based on their fields of research.
You will find the environment at Cognitive Semiotics very international. Since foreign students are also admitted, all instruction is offered in English (though of course Danish students may take their exams in Danish). And most importantly, our extensive network of international contacts means that we regularly have visits by foreign authorities who can impart expert knowledge in many areas: cognitive science, classic and modern semiotics, philosophy, cognitive psychology and linguistics, aesthetics, etc.
Our aim is not just to deliver research-based instruction, but to do “instruction-based research” – i.e. give competent students the opportunity to actively contribute to on-going research projects, and to participate in the organisation of and presentations at conferences.
Similarly, we expect that students be rationally questioning, constructively critical, active, eager for knowledge, and hardworking. We know that we have the framework for a highly qualified and insight-giving education in human meaning construction. But it is the students who make sense of the framework by filling it with commitment, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity.
Anyone who fulfils these criteria is welcome at the Center for Semiotics. In return, we promise to take your education a very important step further.
The admissions requirement for the MA programme in cognitive semiotics is a completed Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a humanistic subject from a Danish or foreign university. Certain Bachelor’s degree programmes not belonging to these two categories may be granted an exemption from the admission requirements by the Board of Studies at the Scandinavian Department if the candidate for admission is able to argue convincingly for the relevance of the Bachelor’s degree.
The cognitive ssemiotics programme admits students on the basis of an overall assessment of their Bachelor’s degree, including marks and academic relevance, as well as an application stating reasons. You are therefore required to submit the following documents:
No work experience is required.
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