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The Department of Philosophy has exceptional research strength in the fields of logic and the philosophy of mathematics, and very strong links with the School of Mathematics, including a joint position in both departments. It is ranked by the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report (2017/18) as the strongest department in the UK for mathematical logic, the joint second strongest for philosophy of mathematics and the joint third strongest for philosophical logic.

Our MA draws on these strengths and is open to students with first degrees in philosophy (subject to a suitable background in logic) or mathematics. It consists of six taught units, examined by essay, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

As a postgraduate student, you will be an active member of the department’s flourishing research culture. You will be encouraged to attend and participate in both the weekly departmental research seminar and in the Philosophy and History of Science seminar, which often features well-known scholars in the field, from Bristol and beyond. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you may present your own work before your peers and learn to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.

Programme structure

The MA consists of taught components, which are examined by essay, and a dissertation. You will take six taught units, normally three in each semester. Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two will allow you to progress to writing a dissertation of at most 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. This programme includes the master's-level unit Axiomatic Set Theory which is taken in the School of Mathematics. It is assumed that students on this unit are familiar with material in logic and set theory as covered in linked notes prior to starting the programme.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics.

Careers

Students who complete the MA in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics have taken up careers as teachers and software developers. A number of graduates from this programme have gone into the IT industry.


Visit the Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics - MA page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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