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Cognitive Science of Language, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The program curriculum is based on the scientific thesis that the endowment for language is encoded in the human biological make-up as a system with computational properties. As such, the program emphasizes integration of analytical tools of modern formal theoretical linguistics and methods of experimental sciences such as psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics which concern themselves with studying the psychological and neurological reality of language.

The program provides students with solid education in the core areas of formal linguistic theory: syntax, semantics, and phonology in the framework of generative grammar. The curriculum consists of required coursework, along with the writing and oral defense of a dissertation. Ph.D. level courses in the core areas are taught by the program faculty. In addition, the program offers a selection of courses in current trends in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, psycho- and neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics, taught by leading international researchers. These will take the form of mini-courses or block-seminars. The students are actively involved in research from the very outset of their doctoral training in collaboration with the various faculty members of the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Directed research I
  • Introduction to cognitive science
  • Introduction to phonology
  • Introduction to psycholinguistics
  • Introduction to semantics
  • Introduction to syntax

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
  • have completed an equivalent program abroad;
  • If the number of applicants exceeds the 20 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.
  • all required exams
  • research required by the program, and
  • successful defense of the doctoral thesis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nova Gorica

  • 515 - 730 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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