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The European Mind: Doctoral Studies in Semiotics for a Knowledge and Value Based Society (SEMKNOW)

SEMKNOW in Tartu
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The International SEMKNOW programme is available in the University of Tartu through the PhD curriculum “Semiotics and Culture Studies”. The programme in Tartu includes: (1) module of general speciality subjects in semiotics; (2) courses of transferable skills, teaching practice and optional subjects; (3) research that includes specialisation of the student. Studies end with the defence of dissertation. In addition, a selective set of optional master level courses (with total workload of 30 ECTS) offered as an opportunity for additional preparation prior to doctoral studies (corresponding to the SEMKNOW Introductory module). These courses are not part of the curricula itself but each course is open to any interested student, including visiting and extern students.

For applying, a prospective student needs to follow the general application procedures for doctoral studies (starting from the contact with the potential supervisor and ending with the Doctoral Thesis Project and interview). For further details see: Information for prospective PhD degree-seeking students

The plan of participating in the SEMKNOW programme should be indicated in the Doctoral Thesis Project.

SEMKNOW is meant to form the next generation of semioticians, providing them with the best training European and international semiotics can currently offer. Students without experience or degrees in Semiotics are encouraged to apply.

Interdisciplinarity is one benefit SEMKNOW aims to provide during the course of a student's studies.

On graduation SEMKNOW doctoral candidate receives the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (doctor philosophiae, PhD) in semiotics (the field can vary locally) and on the basis of studies in two partner universities a joint diploma or double diploma (if applicable).

Efforts are done to ensure a student's study plans and expectations are met during the doctoral programme. All courses use the ECTS credit system and the main language of instruction is English. Supervisors at home and host universities coordinate with students and each other to ensure high levels of quality and effectiveness. As a student you can expect nothing but the best and a great deal of support throughout the semiotics network during the SEMKNOW PhD programme.

What does participating in SEMKNOW programme require from a doctoral student?

           • being enrolled to doctoral studies in University of Tartu ('Semiotics and Culture Studies')
              or in any other partner university of SEMKNOW;

           • choosing the general semiotics module of SEMKNOW;

           • doing specialization studies (part of research work load) either at home university or in
              mobility (semiotics of culture in Tartu, arts in Lapland, social relations and marketing in Bulgaria,
              media and communication in Torino);

           • writing a dissertation in English ;

           • spending at least a semester in any other partner university of SEMKNOW
              (University of Lapland, New Bulgarian University,University of Torino);

           • carring out the research at some non-academic organisation, company or institution -
             a "market oriented research".

For taking part of SEMKNOW, see the programme's Study Guide, consult with the future supervisor.

Tiit Remm
Department of smiotics, Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
University of Tartu

"This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein."