Master’s in Linguistics – Specialization in Expertise in Semiotics and Communication (ESC)

The Master’s in Linguistics has two specializations: Signs, Discourse and Society (SDS), which is a research-based program, and Expertise in Semiotics and Communication (ESC) which is an applied program. Both specialties have the same courses in M1 and branch off in M2.

The ESC specialization is open to all students interested in the role of language – in the broadest sense, including iconic signs, gestures, spatial representations and other non-verbal signs – in social and professional dynamics.

It is open not only to holders of a Bachelor’s in Linguistics but also to students of humanities and social sciences (philosophy, history, sociology, etc.), literature, languages, communication and to students from other fields such as communication, marketing, graphic design, etc.




Students of the Master’s in Linguistics will learn about the study of how language is used in society, from the sociolinguistic, discursive and semiotic points of view. They will also learn about the tools used in general linguistics. Discourse will be examined in its complexity, both as drivers and producers of social and professional practices, and will be analyzed in a range of particular contexts of production (societies, cities, institutions, businesses, verbal communication, etc.).

Language is more than an instrument of communication. It will be examined in its social, symbolic and pragmatic dimensions and we will be observing its dynamics with other social practices in a wide variety of social spaces (families, institutions, the workplace, schools, politics, the media, etc.).




The ESC specialization does not have strict criteria for entry. It is open not only to final year students of linguistics but also to students of literature, languages, social sciences and from other fields.

  • Admission criteria for M1: For students who do not have a Bachelor’s in Linguistics: application file + entrance exam + interview  
  • Admission criteria for M2: For students who did not do the M1 in ESC: application file + interview  

Application period (M1 & M2) for the 2021-2022 academic year: from April 15, 2021 to June 8, 2021.