Deadline for application for the 2013-2014 academic year: July 15th, 2013.
Studying Logic and Philosophy of Science at the LMU Munich
Since October 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study
of Religion at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich is running an international
MA program in Logic and Philosophy of Science.
LMU has a long-standing tradition in logic and philosophy of science. In recent
years this tradition has been revived through the foundation of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, and by Hannes Leitgeb
and Stephan Hartmann moving to the LMU to take, respectively, the chair in
logic and philosophy of language and the chair in philosophy of science. Both
Leitgeb and Hartmann have been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. They are now working together
to co-direct the MCMP.
The MCMP hosts a lively community of university faculty, MCMP fellows,
students, and visitors. The MA students will be able to take part in a great
number of academic activities at LMU. The MCMP itself is hosting two weekly
research seminars on the topics of logic, philosophy of science, and
mathematical philosophy from visiting speakers – while also we get to hear what
our own members are working on during our internal work-in-progress seminars.
In addition, the MCMP regularly organizes reading groups, workshops, and
conferences. See the MCMP website for details.
We have strong ties to similar institutions internationally, in Germany and in
Munich. We regularly host visitors who do their research at our Center or who
teach here. Additionally, the journal Erkenntnis is based at
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 has a strong interdisciplinary approach towards
subjects like physics, neuroscience, mathematics, statistics, linguistics,
computer science, and more.
The MA Program details
– MA website:
– Questions and contact : Olivier Roy (Program Coordinator), firstname.lastname@example.org
– Language of program and courses: English.
– Next starting date: October 14th, 2013 (Beginning of the Winter Semester).
Unless in case of transfer from other MA programs, there is no admission to the
MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science in the summer semester.
– Duration: The MA is a two-year (four semesters, 120 ECTS) program. We are
also working on introducing a one-year option, but this doesn't apply for 2013.
– The MA is primarily aimed at preparing doctoral research in philosophy. It is, however, a self-standing degree which can be taken as such, or in
preparation for doctoral research in other disciplines (computer sciences,
– Structure: In each semester, all students in the program attend a compulsory
MA seminar (the "Master's Colloquium"). Beyond that, students
can choose from a broad range of additional courses in logic, philosophy of
science, and related areas until their final semester. The final semester is
devoted to writing a MA thesis.
– 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). It is possible to apply for a place in the program
even if one has not yet finished an undergraduate degree. In such a
case we would make a conditional offer. 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 award, on the basis of track
record, a limited number of entry grants consisting of a tax-free, monthly
stipend of EUR 1000 for one year. The possibility of extension for
another year is subject to positive review after the first year. If you
are interested in applying for an entry grant please say so in your cover
– Application: We will accept applications until July 15th, 2013, but we strongly
recommend to apply before that date. Please submit your application
electronically to the program coordinator (email@example.com) with "Application MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science" as the subject.
Your application package should include:
(1) A cover letter in which you explain why you would like to join the program. If you wish to apply for an entry grant please mention it explicitly in
(2) A CV (including the list of courses that you have taken as an
(3) A copy of your undergraduate final grade certificate or transcript.
(4) A seminar paper or published article that you have written, the subject of
which can vary. It should give evidence of clear thinking, 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
If necessary, applicants may also be interviewed. If you have questions about
that part of the application process, please contact the program coordinator
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. At http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/students/degree/downloads2/index.html
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.