Ph.D. On Campus

Language, Linguistics and Cognition

Aarhus University

36 months
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The theoretical core of the PhD programme Language, Linguistics and Cognition from Aarhus University is linguistics in a broad sense, which means that as well as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.



  • The PhD programme holds a special position of strength internationally in the areas of cognition (language and thought) and neurolinguistics (language and the brain), and it is an important contributor to the research priority area Cognition, Communication and Culture and to the research cluster MindLab. A notable characteristic of the PhD-programme is the fruitful collaboration between the two different traditions of functional linguistics (focusing on the functions and usage of language) and formal linguistics (focussing on the internal structural properties, including sound and meaning).
  • The PhD programme Language, Linguistics and Cognition cooperates closely with its sister PhD-programmes at the other Danish universities, and also with the PhD programme Business Communication at the Aarhus University School of Business and Social Science.
  • The programme is particularly strong internationally in the areas of translation & interpreting, cognition and neurolinguistics, and it is an important contributor to the AU research area Cognition, Communication and Culture and to the research cluster MindLab. The programme furthermore offers a fruitful collaboration between the traditions of functional and formal linguistics.
  • Graduates of the programme have gone on to be employed in secondary education, in teacher training, at various universities, in local government, and in private enterprise.
  • Programme Structure

    Mandatory courses for PhD students enrolled at Graduate School, Arts:

    • PhD supervision for PhD students at Arts
    • University teaching for PhD students
    • Integrity and Ethics

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 36 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    180 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • The most important part of the application for admission to a PhD degree programme at the Faculty of Arts is your own project description. The project description explains the research project you propose to conduct as a PhD student in some detail, and it outlines the research plan.
    • The Graduate School of Arts offers two degree programmes, the 5+3 and the 4+4 programmes. One of the programmes is aimed at students who have not yet completed a Master’s degree (the 4+4 programme), while the other aims at applicants who have completed their Master’s degree (the 5+3 programme).

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    Living costs for Aarhus

    6639 - 10051 DKK /month
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