With a deep and rigorous programme of coursework and research in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, the MSc in Philosophy of Science explores both general questions about the nature of science and specific foundational issues related to the individual sciences.
It is primarily designed to be accessible and stimulating for two main audiences: those who have studied science as undergraduates and would now like to study the philosophical foundations and methodology of science in depth, and those who have studied philosophy and would now like to delve deeper into the philosophy of science.
Founded in 1946 by the eminent Philosopher of Science Sir Karl Popper, LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is the ideal place to explore conceptual, methodological and foundational issues in the sciences and along with the closely related Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science enjoys an international reputation for its cutting-edge research, bustling seminar series and distinguished faculty and visitors.
This master's programme prepares students for many different possible destinations, including PhD work in philosophy or related disciplines, and employment in many non-academic fields such as science journalism, science administration and science management.
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.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline. English standard level.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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