Course code: ENGR15
Swedish title: Engelska: Kognitiv lingvistik
Credits: 7.5
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics; Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics, Cognitive Semiotics

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2023.

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2023-10-27 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-34251
Eligibility: Bachelor s level in a language or in General Linguistics.

Teachers: Panos Athanasopoulos


The purpose of this Master’s/PhD course is to acquaint you with the major ideas in Cognitive Linguistics. The course provides a focused and comprehensive postgraduate-level introduction to the framework and gives you the tools to carry out original research on an aspect of linguistics that interests you. Cognitive Linguistics is an innovative framework that has dominated functional linguistic theorising since the end of the last century. Central to the approach is the meaningful functioning of language in all its guises and all its uses in text and discourse.

Different empirical methods – corpus techniques as well as experiments – are used in order to arrive at a better understanding of what linguistic expression reveals about human cognition and how cognitive abilities give rise to patterns and structures in natural language usage. Language is seen as a highly dynamic entity for which no absolute boundaries between the traditional areas of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics are assumed. The study of language becomes an exciting and challenging part of the study of human perception, cognition and interaction. In this course, you undertake a project on the language and phenomena of your own choice and carry out a minor empirical study under the guidance of experts in the field


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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