Master in Language and Mind: Linguistics and Cognitive Studies


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Programme Description


The Master programme in “Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies” is articulated in two curricula:

  • Linguistics and Cognition
  • Philosophy and Cognition

The programme focuses, in both curricula, on the study of language in the perspective of cognitive studies and of the philosophy of language and mind. It is primarily addressed to students interested in:

  • The in-depth description of human languages, in their different varieties including different dialects;
  • The study of language as the cognitive capacity and its relevance in the domain of first and second language acquisition and language pathology;
  • The study of the philosophical, psychological, biological and social bases of language and cognition;
  • The study of the relevance of the analysis of human language for philosophical studies.
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Students of the Master programme in “Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies” will acquire:

  • In-depth knowledge of the theoretical models and of the analytical methods of contemporary linguistics, including experimental methods and field research;
  • The ability to apply theories and methods of linguistic research for the description and analysis of different languages, from a comparative perspective;
  • Familiarity with different dimensions of the interdisciplinary study of language as cognitive capacity, of first and second language acquisition, of the relation between mind, language and the brain;
  • Familiarity with the philosophical issues underlying the study of language as the cognitive capacity and of the relation between language and mind, as well as of the relation between logic, inference and meaning in natural language;
  • The ability to utilize theories and methods of formal linguistics in different applied domains, such as language teaching, the study of language pathology, computational applications and psycholinguistic experimentation.


The articulation in two curricula aims to build a study experience that is at the same time coherent and diversified, in which a predominant number of courses shared by the two curricula are present in the first year while the second year is devoted to an in-depth study of one of the two curricula.

The English level required for adequately participate in the programme is B2, which must be acquired by the end of the first year at the latest.

Active Double Degree Programmes for the Master Programme in Language and Mind

Students have the option to apply for a double master degree combining the Master programme in Language and Mind. Linguistics and Cognitive Studies of the University of Siena with the Master programme Logic and philosophy of science (LoPhiSc) of the University of Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne (classes in French). Furthermore, through a partnership agreement between LoPhiSc and the Master programme CogMaster-École Normale Supérieure (Ulm)-Paris, the students applying for the double master degree will also have the opportunity to attend classes offered within the frame of the CogMaster.


Entry Requirements

International students wishing to apply for a Laurea Magistrale (Master’s Degree) must possess a degree or a university three-year diploma, or another study qualification from overseas, recognized as suitable, and with specific curricular requisites and adequate personal preparation, verified with the modes set out in the learning regulations for each master’s degree course, that also state the specific access criteria.

Please note that some programmes may have restricted access and the application could be subject to admission tests.

International students wishing to enrol at a first cycle (bachelor - Laurea Triennale) degree programme taught in Italian or English or to the non-restricted access single cycle degree in Giurisprudenza at the University of Siena, can submit their documents in order to receive a letter of acceptance through the online platform within the deadline set by the University for each academic year.

The applications on the online platform for the assessment of entry qualifications of international students wishing to enrol on a first (undergraduate) or second (master's) cycle degree programme taught in Italian or English at the University of Siena will have different time frames according to the different courses. Students are invited to visit periodically this platform - - in order to see which applications are open and the relevant deadlines.

Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognize international qualifications.

Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.

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Academic Calendar

Departments at the University of Siena have adopted a semester system.

The academic year is divided into two terms: from October to January, and from March to May. At the end of each term, a period of examination is scheduled.

However, each department has its own academic calendar, which can be found at the departments’ website (at the section “Didattica”):

2020-2021 indicative academic calendar

Autumn term (1st semester)

  • Lecture period: October 1st, 2020 - January 18th, 2021
  • Examination period: January 21st - March 1st, 2021

Spring term (2nd semester)

  • Lecture period: March 4th - June 14th, 2021
  • Examination period: June 17th - July 31st, 2021


Tuition Fees

Determination of the contribution amounts

The contribution amount due from each student enrolled in degree courses, master’s degree courses or single-cycle master’s degree courses offered by the University of Siena is defined on the basis of the following elements:

  • Category the degree course belongs to;
  • The economic status of the student’s immediate family, as this is expressed by the equivalent economic situation indicator (ISEE) for the year immediately preceding the year of enrolment;
  • Enrolment year;
  • University credits earned (ECTS credits) in the twelve months prior to 10 August.

The study course falls under one of the three categories below:

  • Humanities-social studies (US)
  • Technical-scientific (TS)
  • EU regulated healthcare (EU)

Note: For students who are citizens of non-EU member countries and who are not residents of Italy and for students to whom ISEE calculation is not applicable to their immediate family, an adjustment coefficient depending on the country of origin may be applied.

The University of Siena makes available a tuition fees calculation page:

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A Strong International Mission

In its eight Centuries of history, the University of Siena has been producing a wide range of studies in many different fields of culture.

Over the years the University of Siena has enhanced its strategy for internationalisation, aiming to strengthen its international academic relationships and to attract students and researchers from different parts of the world.

At the early 21st Century this historical Institution has been able to face challenges related to the globalisation of learning, knowledge, and research with a wide number of international collaborations.

New international collaboration agreements and projects established each year, increasing number of Degrees and courses delivered in English, holding good placement in National and International Rankings; these are some of the University of Siena’s strong points.


Welcome in Siena

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240.

Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany amid a landscape of gently rolling hills. Built on three steep hills and encircled by ancient walls, it is a unique city where students can spend a profitable study period, full of opportunities for their personal enrichment.


Last updated May 2020

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The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times.

The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Europe, having been founded in 1240. Its history has evolved alongside Tuscany’s cultural tradition from the Middle Ages to modern times. Read Less