|Master, full degree studies
|4 semesters (120 ECTS)
|Arts and Humanities
Bachelor diploma (or higher)
Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a bachelor’s degree in the field of Humanities.
In the case of diplomas from social sciences, informatics, law, natural sciences, contemporary and applied arts, each degree will be considered individually. The applicant must have 50 credits (but at least 20 credits to enter the programme) in the fields of aesthetics, philosophy, historical study, linguistics, literature, cultural and art studies.
Transcripts from your bachelor’s degree as well as course descriptions will be requested.
The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities Regulation No. 18/2016. VIII. 5. The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo - Kinshasa, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, St Lucia, Syria, São Tomé & Príncipe, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.
Your knowledge of English must be at a good level in reading, listening and speaking. English is the working language of the MA program (C1 level preferred).
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
— Bachelor-level degree. An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
Optional documents for admissions:
Semiotics is an ancient discipline with a long history, which has gained a firm theoretical foundation during the 19th century and an ever growing significance over the last 50 years. This discipline is now in a period of very intensive, concentrated research and self-identification on the map of contemporary science.
The interdisciplinary Semiotics MA program at ELTE educates students to become well-trained specialists in semiotics of culture with a global overview of the various fields of humanities: literary studies, linguistics, philosophy, visual arts and general art studies – including approaches to fine arts, films, theatre and music – and also the most contemporary methods of research synthetized from a semiotic methodological point of view. At the same time, choosing the specific field for diploma work students can gain specialized knowledge in one subfield of the semiotics of humanities (e.g., literary, visual, musical, theoretical semiotics, and ethnosemiotics). The program is designed to be flexible to motivate students to find the best Hungarian specialists in the given field and assist them to become involved in international research and dialogues with foreign scholars and lecturers. The curriculum consists of courses on the history and theory of semiotics; language, communication, texts and translation; theory of meaning, logic, argumentation; field studies of cultural, national and special semiotic systems; various forms of applied semiotics and semiotic pragmatics in general. The program also lays emphasis on the preparation of students for PhD studies to plan their research career.
This program is recommended to applicants who wish to acquire skills for analysing processes of communication (mediation, translation) in culture and the results of these processes (texts, artefacts, events etc.) arising from the past and in the digital age, in a great variety of media and discourse representations to be described and evaluated as they constantly change through creative cultural interactivity.
This program enables students to become versatile experts on culture, having substantial knowledge and competence in understanding, analysing and influencing both general and specific cultural phenomena and the various forms of interaction and pragmatic exchange, and innovative system construction in general.
Strength of program:
An interdisciplinary orientation within the humanities;
the application of the valuable research and methodological results of classical semiotics linking them to the most recent scholarly results in the discipline;
equilibrium in teaching semiotic theory and its implications in applied semiotics;
flexibility in encouraging students to find their own subfield by enabling their specialization (free option possibilities built in the curriculum);
international context for research and education;
offering perspectives for students for doctoral studies in other directions, not restricted to semiotics.
Entry requirements: A C1-level, internationally recognized language certificate in the target language or a diploma in the target language. A bachelor degree in the field of Humanities is also required.
Entrance exam: Yes
Type of entrance exam: oral
Entrance exam location: Electronic
Entrance exam description: The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.
Mr Rezső Jarmalov
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator
Preparatory year available: No
Specialisation year available: No
Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2
Maximum number of scholarship holders: 20
Please find the list of study units here:
The labor market for specialists with an MA degree in semiotics includes job opportunities for experts who are expected to have the skills
•to understand current cultural movements;
•to grasp and describe the developmental logic in contemporary arts and the various forms of intercultural communication both within social interaction and national and international cultural texts;
•to interpret and describe different media and message transfer processes;
•to analyze conflict, argumentation systems and philosophical discourse in any field which can be interpreted from the point of view of sign system constructions;
•to build models, typologies and create system-descriptions.
Also jobs may be found in fields linked to applied semiotics (e.g. sign system translation activities; analysis of behaviour symptoms in the work-place; symptom-interpretation in various social or work groups; activities for handling situations in spheres where special sign systems are involved, etc.).
Researchers at universities, in museums; copywriters, journalists, cultural critics; scriptwriters for videogames; enterprisers; translators; IT specialists; PR specialists.