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University of Tartu

24 months
4000 EUR/year
4000 EUR/year
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The 2-year Master’s programme in Semiotics at University of Tartu  provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific study.


The programme in Semiotics at University of Tartu binds together the theory of semiotics and three core modules - cultural semiotics, biosemiotics and sociosemiotics. The programme also combines the major semiotic traditions of Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles S. Peirce with the leading contemporary and innovative thought.

Semiotics is the general study of sign processes, or semiosis. Semiosis makes the world meaningful. Today’s world, where processes have a disbalance of global and local dimension, challenges us to understand the need of individuals and societies for defining their identity. Semiotics is centrally relevant to achieve this understanding.

Career prospects

  • Graduates can apply their expertise in the professions that require a complex knowledge of cultural analysis, i.e. semiotic consulting companies, marketing or media.
  • Practical applications of semiotics include translation and science writing, design and architecture, advertising, and communication strategies.
  • Employees of international organizations, e.g. embassies, where tolerance and conflict management skills are vital, can improve their professional education.
  • Programme graduates can continue on to doctoral studies and research. Semiotics is particularly relevant to advanced study in the life sciences, where biosemiotic understanding and semiotical interpretation is proving to be of remarkable value.

Programme Structure

General module

  • History of Semiotics: Basic Concepts and Classical Works 
  • Master's Seminar  
  • Methodology of Semiotic Analysis 
  • Readings of J. v. Uexküll and J. Lotman  
  • Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School  
  • Semiotics of Culture 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, previous studies in semiotics are not required (the degree must be obtained by the end of July) 
  • English language proficiency. 
  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 50% of the final score)
  • the admission interview (yields 50% of the final score)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

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