Department of Semiotics
The Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu is one of the most important centres of semiotics in Europe, with deep roots for cultural semiotics and biosemiotics. Names and works of Jakob von Uexküll and Juri Lotman, founder of world-renowned Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics, form the cornerstone of the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu. In 2006, the library of the Department of Semiotics received as a donation the memorial library of Thomas A. Sebeok, including his personal collection of biosemiotics literature.
The 2-year Master’s programme in Semiotics provides interdisciplinary background and gives a theoretical base for application of semiotic ideas to a wide variety of disciplines and scientific studies. The programme 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.
The PhD programme lasts for 4 years. Application is possible to a state-financed study place. There is no tuition fee. The state-financed study place will provide a stipend of 422 EUR/month by the University of Tartu. However, there is usually very high competition for the state-financed study place. For admission, a doctoral thesis project is required. When preparing it, a candidate is required to consult the potential supervisor from the Department of Semiotics (K. Kull, P. Torop, M. Lotman, T. Maran, A. Randviir, E. Sutiste, or A. Ventsel) who will help in preparing the project. In addition to the supervisor in Tartu, a student may have a consulting supervisor (or co-supervisor) from any university of the world. Please see further information about the research done by the staff members on the Staff page (click on the names to see further links).