The goal of the Cognitive Semiotics programme at Aarhus University is to enable our students to come up with well-substantiated answers to questions such as: What are the essential characteristics of meaning construction? How does it work in language, in perception, in our interaction with the natural world, and in the social world?Students acquire a solid, operational knowledge of the most important aspects of meaning making, and since human meaning construction is found in all the areas of our daily lives and activities, the programme is very transdisciplinary.
Graduates of the MA in Cognitive Semiotics have gone on to pursue careers in fields as diverse as communication, advertising, and marketing. Some graduates also move on into teaching or research.
“I met five students from this programme at a student conference. They all presented very different topics, relating to cognitive aspects of film, narrative, language etc., but all were equally interesting and using a common framework. That’s why I decided to sign up - because this programme allowed me to study the things I was already interested in, but from a new perspective. It is also a place where I got the feeling that anyone can learn anything at any age, if they really want it.”
The programme consists of five main modules: the Cognition and Semiotics module, the Cognitive Linguistics module, the Mind and Cognition module, the Cognitive Aesthetics module, and the Experimental Cognition module.
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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As the Master’s programme admits only a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme. The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark or GPA of the bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.
Please note: If there are more academically qualified applicants than places available, each applicant will be assessed according to the following criteria: academic background (counts 75 per cent) based on the number and quality of BA exams relevant to the MA programme; and other relevant experience (counts 25 per cent) based on the CV and the applicant’s statement of relevance.
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