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About the course

With a deep and rigorous programme of coursework and research in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, the MSc Philosophy of Science explores both general questions about the nature of science and specific foundational issues related to the individual sciences.

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Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline. You should also demonstrate a considered interest in the area covered by the MSc.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.


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LSE Philosophy: J McKenzie Alexander LSE Philosophy: J McKenzie Alexander 01/03/2017 10:55:15
LSE Philosophy: J McKenzie Alexander
LSE Philosophy: Alex Voorhoeve LSE Philosophy: Alex Voorhoeve 01/03/2017 10:55:15
LSE Philosophy: Alex Voorhoeve
LSE Philosophy: Jonathan Birch, Assistant Professor LSE Philosophy: Jonathan Birch, Assistant Professor 22/10/2018 17:37:13
LSE Philosophy: Jonathan Birch, Assistant Pro...
LSE Philosophy: Bryan Roberts, Assistant Professor LSE Philosophy: Bryan Roberts, Assistant Professor 22/10/2018 17:37:24
LSE Philosophy: Bryan Roberts, Assistant Prof...
LSE Philosophy: Anna Mahtani, Assistant Professor LSE Philosophy: Anna Mahtani, Assistant Professor 22/10/2018 17:37:36
LSE Philosophy: Anna Mahtani, Assistant Profe...
MSc Philosophy of Science MSc Philosophy of Science 01/03/2017 10:55:15
MSc Philosophy of Science
An Introduction to the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method An Introduction to the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method 01/03/2017 10:55:15
An Introduction to the Department of Philosop...
LSE Philosophy: about the department LSE Philosophy: about the department 01/03/2017 10:55:15
LSE Philosophy: about the department
LSE Philosophy: MSc in Philosophy of Science LSE Philosophy: MSc in Philosophy of Science 01/03/2017 10:55:15
LSE Philosophy: MSc in Philosophy of Science
Why Study at LSE Why Study at LSE 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Why Study at LSE
LSE Philosophy: Charlotte Werndl, Lecturer LSE Philosophy: Charlotte Werndl, Lecturer 22/10/2018 17:30:15
LSE Philosophy: Charlotte Werndl, Lecturer
LSE Philosophy: Nick Baigent, Visiting Professor LSE Philosophy: Nick Baigent, Visiting Professor 22/10/2018 17:30:05
LSE Philosophy: Nick Baigent, Visiting Profes...
LSE Philosophy: Richard Bradley, Professor LSE Philosophy: Richard Bradley, Professor 22/10/2018 17:29:56
LSE Philosophy: Richard Bradley, Professor
LSE Philosophy: Nancy Cartwright, Professor LSE Philosophy: Nancy Cartwright, Professor 22/10/2018 17:29:46
LSE Philosophy: Nancy Cartwright, Professor
LSE Philosophy: Armin Shulz, Lecturer LSE Philosophy: Armin Shulz, Lecturer 22/10/2018 17:29:37
LSE Philosophy: Armin Shulz, Lecturer
LSE Philosophy: John Worrall, Professor LSE Philosophy: John Worrall, Professor 22/10/2018 17:29:25
LSE Philosophy: John Worrall, Professor
LSE Philosophy: Luc Bovens, Professor LSE Philosophy: Luc Bovens, Professor 22/10/2018 17:29:16
LSE Philosophy: Luc Bovens, Professor
LSE Philosophy: Miklos Redei, Reader in Philosophy LSE Philosophy: Miklos Redei, Reader in Philosophy 22/10/2018 17:29:03
LSE Philosophy: Miklos Redei, Reader in Philo...
LSE Philosophy: Kristina Musholt, Fellow LSE Philosophy: Kristina Musholt, Fellow 22/10/2018 17:28:46
LSE Philosophy: Kristina Musholt, Fellow
LSE Philosophy: Roman Frigg, Reader in Philosophy LSE Philosophy: Roman Frigg, Reader in Philosophy 22/10/2018 17:31:07
LSE Philosophy: Roman Frigg, Reader in Philos...
LSE Philosophy: Simon Glendinning, Reader in European Philosophy LSE Philosophy: Simon Glendinning, Reader in European Philosophy 22/10/2018 17:31:20
LSE Philosophy: Simon Glendinning, Reader in ...
LSE Philosophy: Katie Steele, Lecturer LSE Philosophy: Katie Steele, Lecturer 22/10/2018 17:27:47
LSE Philosophy: Katie Steele, Lecturer
LSE Philosophy: David Makinson, Visiting Professor LSE Philosophy: David Makinson, Visiting Professor 22/10/2018 17:28:07
LSE Philosophy: David Makinson, Visiting Prof...
Why Study at LSE Why Study at LSE 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Why Study at LSE
How to apply for graduate study How to apply for graduate study 01/03/2017 10:55:15
How to apply for graduate study
Would you succeed at LSE? Would you succeed at LSE? 01/03/2017 10:55:15
Would you succeed at LSE?
LSE Campus Tour LSE Campus Tour 01/03/2017 10:55:15
LSE Campus Tour

Student Profile(s)

Philippe Van Basshuysen

Pursuing this MSc at LSE is an excellent experience. There is a fair division between taught courses and a research project, leading to your dissertation. This gives students the opportunity to acquire new or deepen existing knowledge in a field as well as to dip into the fascinating experience of developing your own ideas and approaches to tackle a problem.

The courses you can choose from are designed by top investigators and are in many cases research-led. My focus lay on set theory and logic, some decision and game theory, and some general philosophy of science; I also audited some economics lectures. I found the structure of the courses – a lecture plus a corresponding seminar led by the respective lecturer – ideal for fruitful progress. Also, the instructors are generally very accessible which is partly due to the small student-teacher ratio.

Besides the general coursework, there is a dissertation seminar in which students present and discuss their research project with the coordinator and fellow students. My dissertation was on probabilistic modelling of the coherence of theories in a reductive context. Both the seminar and the ideas and support I received in various discussions with people from the department, particularly Miklos Redei, Nicolas Wuethrich, and Stefan Schubert, were of vital importance for successfully undertaking the research.

The broad range of public lectures from renowned scientists completes the experience of studying at LSE. Amongst others, I attended lectures from Christopher Pissarides, Gerd Gigerenzer, Paul Collier, Hillel Steiner, and Helga Nowotny. Last but not least, the George which is just across the street from the Lakatos Building is the perfect place to discuss academic as well as non-academic matters with both fellow students and staff over a pint.

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