Sunday, 3 June 2012

MA Program in Logic & Philosophy of Science at LMU Munich

From October 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU Munich is going to run an international MA program in Logic and Philosophy of Science (next to other MA degrees which will be starting at the same time, including a general MA in Philosophy).

LMU has a long-standing tradition in philosophy of science and logic that reaches back to the time of Wolfgang Stegmüller and Kurt Schütte. In recent years, this tradition has been revived by establishing a new chair in logic and philosophy of language (held by Hannes Leitgeb) and by founding the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) which is devoted to the application of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy. Hannes Leitgeb was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2010, and in April 2012 it was announced that another Alexander von Humboldt Professorship will be awarded to Stephan Hartmann who will be moving to LMU by autumn of this year in order to take up the chair in philosophy of science at LMU. Leitgeb and Hartmann will also be co-directing the new MA program. For a list of people working at LMU in logic, philosophy of science, and adjacent areas, please see here and here.
gives a good overview of some of the research that is presently done here. Overall, the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU is one of the largest in the German-speaking world, it covers all areas of philosophy, and it has a strong interdisciplinary orientation towards areas such as physics, neuroscience, mathematics, statistics, linguistics, computer science, and more.

Here are some details about our MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science:

Language (of program and courses): English.
Start date: In the coming winter semester, teaching commences on October 15th, 2012.
Duration: The MA can be done within one year (two semesters, 60 ECTS) or within two years (four semesters, 120 ECTS), depending on one's preferences, background, and previous education. The MA is a self-standing degree, but of course it can also serve as preparation for doctoral research.
Structure: In each semester, all students in the program attend a dedicated compulsory MA seminar (the "Master Colloquium"); over and above that, right until their final semester, they are choosing units from a broad range of additional courses in logic, philosophy of science, and related areas. The final semester is devoted to writing an MA thesis.
Community: We host a lively community of university faculty, MCMP fellows, students, and visitors. All MA students will be able to join the great number of academic activities at the university in general and at the MCMP in particular, including two weekly research seminars in logic, philosophy of science, and mathematical philosophy for speakers from outside, a weekly internal work-in-progress seminar, reading groups, workshops, and conferences. For a list of current activities. We have strong ties to institutions of a similar kind, whether on an international scale or in Munich, and we regularly host visitors who do their research at our Center or who teach here. Additionally, the journal Erkenntnis is based at the MCMP. More information for international students about studying at LMU can be found here.
Entry requirements: Academically, an average mark in one's undergraduate studies of at least 2,0 in the German system is required (which corresponds to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the British system or the international equivalent thereof). It is possible to apply for a place in the program even if one does not yet have finished one's undergraduate studies: in such a case we would make a conditional offer, accordingly. The program is not just open to philosophy and logic undergraduates but also to undergraduates from relevant scientific disciplines, such as mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, economics, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, the social sciences or related disciplines.
If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from an English-speaking university, you will need to supply us with evidence of your language skills as far as speaking and writing in English is concerned: we demand at least a 6.5 in all IELTS bands (or equivalent).
Fees and financial support: Every student at LMU has to pay EUR 500 per semester for their studies. We will be able to support selected applicants to our MA program in Logic and Philosophy of Science with a limited number of a tax-free monthly stipends of EUR 1000 for the whole period of their studies.
Continuing after the MA: The MA program can be continued by entering our PhD program. The MCMP regularly advertises Doctoral Fellowships to which students in our MA program may apply.
Proviso: We should add that, since the MA program is new, it still needs to be confirmed officially by the senate of the LMU (amongst others)

Application Procedure:
We will accept applications until
July 15th, 2012
but we strongly recommend to apply before that date.
First of all, please submit your application electronically to
office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
The following files are required:
(1) A cover letter in which you explain why you would like to join the program.
(2) A CV (including the list of courses that you have taken as an undergraduate).
(3) A copy of your undergraduate final grade certificate.
(4) A seminar paper or published article that you have written which is open in terms of its subject, but which should give evidence of clarity of thought, systematicity, logical argumentation, and an awareness of methodological questions, which are all particularly relevant to our MA program.
(5) Two letters of reference, which should also address your special potential in the very areas that are covered by our MA program.
(6) Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or equivalent), in case your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from an English-speaking university.
If necessary, applicants may also be interviewed. If you have questions about that part of the application process, please send them to office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de as well.

Secondly, and in addition, please apply simultaneously to the International Affairs Office at LMU which will check for general requirements that concern Master studies at LMU in general. Here you can download the set of application documents for Master degrees at LMU. There you will also find information about which documents to submit to the International Affairs Office, how to submit them, and whom you can contact about this other part of the application process in case of questions.

Contact: If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please send a message to office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

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