APPLYING for SEMKNOW

Admission to PhD studies in semiotics takes place locally and admission criteria vary according to the existing rules in the partner universities.

Students wishing to apply for SEMKNOW’s doctorate programme are welcomed to contact or visit any one of SEMKNOW’s partner universities for more information on local and national regulations regarding the application and admissions process.

Nevertheless, SEMKNOW partner universities do share common requirements for accepting students into the programme: 

Good command of English
Master Degree
Common ground of general semiotic knowledge
CV and Application
Reserach plan 

 
Good Command of English
Since the language of instruction for SEMKNOW is English and students will be required to study at two universities or more during the programme, sufficient English language skills are important. Written or oral exams and/or interviews with supervisors at SEMKNOW partner universities will determine a student’s English competency.


Masters Degree

Students applying to the SEMKNOW doctoral programme are expected to possess a Master Degree in Semiotics studies.

Students with graduate degrees in fields other than semiotics are also eligible and should apply, however, they are required to complete an Introductory module (see the details below)


Common ground of general semiotic knowledge

An Introductory study module is available for students who do not aquire sufficient semiotic knowledge for the SEMKNOW programme or does not have a Master Degree in semiotics. Successful completion of the preparatory module is a requirement.
A list of most central topics gives an overview of the presumed common ground for semiotics PhD studies in SEMKNOW. 

(1)   What is semiotics? What are the core semiotic ideas?
(2)   Theoretical aspects

-          difference, recognition, structure, umwelt
-          sign, signification, semiosis, code,
-          sign systems, language, code
-          text,  discourse, narrative, interpretation
-          communication,
-          semiosphere, culture, semiotic reality

(3)   Historical accents/highlights:

Foundations of (contemporary) semiotics: Peirce, Saussure, Uexküll, Morris

Semiotic schools:
-          Prague school
-          Copenhagen school
-          Structuralism and post-structuralism
-          Tartu-Moscow school
-          Paris school
-          Umberto Eco

(4)   Applications of semiotics
Aspects of applied semiotics
-          theories and methods for application
-          criticism
-          analysis
-          practice and know-how

An Introductory study module is available for students who do not aquire sufficient semiotic knowledge for the SEMKNOW programme or does not have a Master Degree in semiotics. Successful completion of the preparatory module is a requirement.

Note: Students will be required to prove prior knowledge of semiotics either through written/oral examination or interview if they do not wish to take the preparatory study module.


CV & Application

Students must have a current CV and complete the necessary application forms required at the university they are applying to


Research Plan

A student’s research plan is a key requirement for the Semknow programme and should include the necessary elements involved in a research plan, i.e. dissertation topic, objectives, expected results, and methodology.

SEMKNOW requires candidates to prepare in advance a plan for research in cooperation with an external institution (and include it into the study and research).A list of most central topics gives an overview of the presumed common ground for semiotics PhD studies in SEMKNOW. 

Some partner universities require a work plan and/or funding plan as an appendix to the research plan


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