Information and Structure

The Cognitive Science and Language (CCiL) program is a postgraduate interdisciplinary program focused on language and cognition as approached from three different disciplines: Psychology, Linguistics and Philosophy. Its goal is to educate researchers in the field of Language and Cognition Studies with an interdisciplinary orientation, providing the scientific formation and the methodological tools necessary to carry out high level research in a specific subtopic. The program is co-organized by five Catalan universities: Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and Universitat de Girona (UdG).

 Master and PhD

 CCiL has two subprograms: CCiL Master Program and the CCiL PhD Program.


  1. The CCiL Master Program is the first, taught period (60 credits) to be completed in one year (9 courses and a final research project). It provides an official Master Degree and qualifies for applying to the CCiL PhD program (acceptance to the PhD program depends on an admission process). (Please note that students that are accepted to the CCiL Master Program but do not have sufficient background, may have to take several background courses (up to 30 credits, that would correspond roughly to 5 courses), which means they may have to complete the Master Program in two years. The background courses are usually taught in Catalan or Spanish.)
  2. The CCiL PhD Program is the second, research period, during which students are expected to carry out the research conducive to the completion of a doctoral dissertation, the submission of which will earn them the PhD degree



The official languages of the program are English, Spanish and Catalan. The program activities (talks, workshops, conferences, …) are mainly in English.

Quality award

The whole program has been classed as a “first-rate” postgraduate program (‘Programa de Calidad’) by the Catalan and Spanish quality-evaluation agencies since it started in 1989.  This qualification facilitates scholarships and other funding for students.