Our MA in Reasoning offers an opportunity to study topics related to reasoning and inference as a specialised discipline within philosophy. Reasoning is the process of forming conclusions, inferences or judgements. This MA programme covers areas such as cognitive science and artificial intelligence (AI); scientific, mathematical, logical, causal and inductive reasoning; philosophy of mind, logic and language. Offered with the Department of Philosophy, the programme enables you to either focus exclusively on philosophical topics or study reasoning-related topics in psychology, computing, statistics, law, social policy, biosciences and history.
The programme is ideal for philosophy graduates who would like to widen their knowledge of reason-related topics (psychology, legal, machine, scientific reasoning), graduates with previous training in a reason-related topic who wishes to pursue an enquiry into its philosophical foundations, or those who wish to pursue these interests at postgraduate level for its own sake, as well as for those who wish to explore areas of specialisation in preparation for a PhD.
The flexibility of this programme ensures that you are able to negotiate your own path of study through a range of modules which take into account your background and reflects the research specialisms of the teaching staff who are nationally, and internationally, recognised in their fields.
Assessment is by coursework essays of 4,000 words and the dissertation of 8-10,000 words.
A postgraduate degree in philosophy is a valuable and flexible qualification, which allows you to develop skills in logical thinking, critical evaluation, persuasion, writing and independent thought.
Graduates have gone on to positions in journalism, administration in the civil service, education, advertising and a range of managerial positions. Some go on to pursue research in the area, many continuing with PhDs at Kent or other higher education institutions.