Master’s program in
Cognitive linguistics


Title/degree: Master of Art (MSc)

Duration: 2 years (120 EC), full-time

Start month: September

Language of instruction: Russian/English

Programme code: 45.04.03  Fundamental and Applied Linguistics

Department: Institute of the Human of the Digital Era


Why Cognitive Linguistics?

What are the cognitive, deep foundations of generation and perception of speech? What are the ways of storing the language in the cognitive mechanism? How does the language affect other cognitive processes? What is the dependence of language on other forms and methods of cognition? How to use knowledge about the mechanisms of mutual influence and linguistic and cognitive mechanisms for increasing the effectiveness of communication, in the processes of textual analysis?
The answers to these questions can be found in the course of the Master’s programme in Cognitive Linguistics.

When studying on the program, a master’s student can choose one of two modules:
1) research-oriented where a student will learn modern apparatus methods of experimental research of the cognitive and psycholinguistic foundations of the generation and perception of natural language,
2) application-oriented,where a students learns about textual analytics in various spheres of professional activity based on the use of fundamental knowledge about the cognitive bases of the existence and functioning of the language.

Program advantages


Particiation in Projects

Students get an opportunity to participate in large-scale cross-cultural interdisciplinary science projects on the basis of Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of language (a part of TSU International Centre for Research in Human Development) supported by different funds.


Access to unique equipment

Students have an access to high-technology modern equipment for cognitive and experiment-psychological research and an opportunity to receive consultations from leading Russian and international experts on improving their scientific works and projects.


Leading Partners

Program international partners are Center for Cognitive Science, New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Division of Psychology, University of Turku (Finland). Teaching at the master’s program is provided by not only Russian, but foreign experts as well (A. Janyan, J. Hyona, R. Bertram and others). Teaching is offered in Russian and English.


Practical Training

Students may benefit from practical training in international (ABBYY) and big Russian (РИА Новости) corporations, international research centers (International Centre for Research in Human Development), in TSU services and departments, and get teaching experience at Faculty of Philology.

Core courses

  • Linguistics in the context of modern humanitarian and natural science knowledge
  • Statistical methods in humanitarian research

  • Fundamentals of linguistic typology
  • Linguistic and cognitive methods of semantics research
  • Experimental methods of research

Research-oriented module

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Method of oculography in linguistic studies
  • Processing of linguistic information: language and brain

Application-oriented module

  • Cognitive-discursive research
  • Cognitive modeling in PR activities

Teaching Faculty

Dr. Jukka Hyönä

Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Division of Psychology,
Docent, Cognitive Psychology, Turku University, Finland, Leading Research Fellow, Laboratory of linguistic anthropology, TSU
One of the leading specialists in the field of psycholinguistics, experimental psycholinguistic and cognitive methods of language research, including methods of oculography in the study of reading processes

Armina Janyan

Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria, Senior Research Fellow, Laboratory of Linguistic Anthropology, Tomsk State University, Russia
Leading specialist in the field of cognitive and linguo-cognitive studies. Sphere of scientific interests: embodied knowledge, cognitive processing of language.

Anna V. Dybo

Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Linguistic Anthropology, Doctor of Philology, corresponding member of RAS, Head of Department of the Uralo-Altai languages of Institute of linguistics of RAS, professor of the Center of Comparative Language Studies of Institute of East Studies in RGGU.
Leading specialist in the field of comparativistics, linguistic typology.
One of the areas of activity is the creation of texts corpus and electronic dictionaries of Ural-Altaic languages.

Zoya I. Rezanova

Professor, Head of the department of General, Slavonic and Russian Philology and Classical Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, Deputy Head of the Laboratory of Linguistic Anthropology, TSU.
Specialist in the field of language theory, cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis.
The sphere of modern scientific interests is experimental methods of studying methods of storage and cognitive processing of morphological units, social-cognitive studies of gender, emotions and cognition.


Inna V.Tubalova

Professor in department of General, Slavonic and Russian Philology and Classical Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, TSU
Specialist in the field of text theory, discourse analysis. The sphere of scientific interests includes modern institutional and personal discourses, intertextuality


Lubov P. Dronova

Professor in department of General, Slavonic and Russian Philology and Classical Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, TSU
Specialist in the field of typology, comparative study of Slavic and other Indo-European languages.



Professor at thedepartment of General, Slavonic and Russian Philology and Classical Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, Head of the Information Policy Department of TSU.
Specialist in the field of modern linguistic-cognitive methods of discourse analysis.
The sphere of scientific interests includes modern institutional discourses, the study of effective communicative practices.

Career prospects

Students of the program can lay the foundations for career choice in either academic field or in the thearea of text analytics.
Graduates of the program have a unique combination of knowledge and skills in analyzing the interaction of language and cognition using linguistic and interdisciplinary methods of analysis.
During their studies at the university, students have an opportunity to participatein f large-scale research projects carried out by international teams, which will allow them to continue their careers in Russian and internationalresearch teams.
Graduates of the program can also work at the departments of text analytics of media companies, social organizations and corporations

Application conditions (education requirements, entrance examinations)

Russian education institutions graduates and foreign citizens are welcome to enter the Master’s program.

For entering the program BA, specialist or Master’s diplomas are required. Humanities have an edge on other graduates.

  1. Exam on fundamental and applied linguistics.
  2. Interview on the major topic.

Admission and application

State-funded spaces – 7
Tuition fees  125 100

Application deadlines for the citizens of the Russian Federation and CIS countries in 2018
countries in 2018

Application deadline April 3 – August 14
Examinations May 10 – August 16

Specific requirements More information
Knowledge minimum Bachelor’s degree
Specialist’s degree
Previouseducation Linguistics, philology, psychology,humanities
Professional experience Relevant working experience is an advantage, it is not necessary
Other admission requirements Students will be selected based on: 
Ta program-related examination (Fundamental and applied linguistics,
with concentration in Cognitive linguistics) –  an interview; a motivation letter and portfolio

Our partners



Current projects implemented at TSU on the basis of the Laboratory of Cognitive Studies of Language,
Laboratory of linguistic anthropology, the Department of General, Slavic-Russian Linguistics and Classical Philology
Projects are funded by the mega-grant of the Russian Federation Government “Linguistic and ethno-cultural diversity of Southern Siberia in synchrony and diachrony: the interaction of languages and cultures”
The project is aimed at revealing the laws of historical development and the current state of languages and cultures of South Siberia in the aspect of their interaction on the basis of modern linguistic, anthropological and psycholinguistic data with the use of corpus and psycholinguistic research methods.
In the framework of the mega-grant, the students are involved in the realization of projects, implementing competencies in the field of linguistics and information technology.
Students are involved in the implementation of specific projects of the grant program, gaining the skills of experimental psycholinguistic and cognitive research.

• Project 1

Creation of a psycholinguistic database (Russian-Shor, Russian-Tatar, Russian-Khakass bilingualism)

• Project 2


Experimental studies of bilingualism problems

• Project 3

Research of mutually-determined relations of language and thinking. In order to fulfill this project, students can solve research problems on the basis of the Laboratory of Cognitive Studies of the Language, created with the grant of the D.I. Mendeleev Fund of TSU.

• Project 4

Analysis of corporate verbal communication practices in terms of their effectiveness


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If you want to know more about the programme Cognitive Linguistics, please contact:
Inna Tubalova (program manager)
Academic office: TSU Building № 3, office 23

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