Our MA focuses on the relationship between the different disciplines of Cognitive Science and Language. Specifically, on perception and language acquisition, the syntactic and semantic processing of speech, the relation between semantics and cognition, the logical structure of language and the epistemological and conceptual foundations of its study and the computational analysis of language. It has three tracks: linguistics, psychology and philosophy.

Duration: 1 year (full time), 60 credits ECTS if the student does not need background courses.

Modality: The CCiL Master is an in-person master. Only under exeptional circumstances due to the pandemic courses can be taught online.

Calendar: from September to June. Final theses are defended in September. More information and public holidays avaliable in the schedule.

Fees (2021): 27.67€ per credit ECTS for EU citizens, 82 for non-EU citizens (i.e. 1660.20€ for EU citizens if no background courses are required + 30,21€ preadmission fee + 218,15 € for the title. These fees are fixed by the Government each year, you can check current fees here. And you have here a simulation that will take into account also your personal circumstances and origin.


The official languages of the program are English, Spanish and Catalan. The language of each course is announced at the time of registration. Every branch offers enough courses in English so that it is possible to complete the 60 credits of the master in English; in particular, all mandatory courses, and at least 3 optional courses per branch, are in English. Other program activities (talks, workshops, conferences…) are mainly in English.

Structure of the master

To fulfill the requirements of the master, each student must take 60 credits, divided as following:

  • 15 credits (3 courses) of common courses.
  • 15 credits (3 courses) of mandatory courses of the selected branch. 
  • 15 credits (3 courses) of optional courses to choose among the optional courses of any branch plus the mandatory courses of the other branches.
  • 15 credits of a final research paper.
  • In addition to that the admission committee may require the student to take up to 30 additional credits from background courses, depending on the adequacy of the previous studies of the applicant to the branch. Background courses are not always avaliable in English.


The MA has three different branches or tracks: Psychology (Models cognitius de Processament del Llenguatge), Linguistics (Teoria Gramatical i Processament Lingüístic) and Philosophy (Lògica i Filosofía). The student must apply to one of these branches at the pre-admission stage.

MA courses





Common courses

Foundations and structure of language (5 cr)

Mental architecture and basic processes  (5 cr)

Philosophy of language and cognition  (5 cr)

Mandatory courses

Advanced issues in cognitive sciences and philosophy (5cr)

Advanced issues in cognitive science and psychology (5cr)

Advanced issues in cognitive science and linguistics (5cr)

Philosophy and cognitive sciences (5 cr)

Developing speech, language and cognition (5cr)

Contrastive linguistics (5cr)

The nature of language (5 cr)

Topics in psychology, language and cognition (5cr)

Interdisciplinary applications of linguistic concepts (5cr)

Recomended optionals for each brach (*)

Foundations of philosophy of science (5cr)

Language processing in bilinguals (5cr)

Computational morphosyntax (5r)

Philosophical logic (5cr)

Métodos y técnicas estadísticas para investigadores (5cr)

Cuestiones de Semántica Léxica (5cr)

Topics in epistemology (5cr)

Modelos Cognitivos del Procesamiento Sintáctico (5cr)

Empirical linguistics (5cr

Topics in ontology (5cr)

Perception, action and consciousness (5cr)

Grammar and its interfaces (5cr)

Topics in philosophy of mind (5cr)


Natural Language Processing (5cr)

Topics in semantics and pragmatics (5cr)


Variación Lingüística (5cr)

(*) These are the recommended courses for each branch but you can choose as optional any MA compulsory or optional course, even if it is not from your branch.

Check the last year's schedule.


Background courses

Depending on the courses studied in their BA and the branch in which they want to register, students will be required to take up to 5 background courses (30 credits). For example, Translation students willing to register in the Linguistics branch that did not read Linguistics during their BA, will be required to register some Linguistics background courses. Students holding a BA in Linguistics that want to register Psychology as their branch need to register Psychology background courses. The committee  takes into account the student's record, the courses taken and their qualifications to assess whether the student needs to take background courses.

Check the list of avaliable background courses.