MA (part-time) Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
I chose to come to Bristol because it has an international reputation for philosophy and the course in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics is fairly unique. The department also has a reputation in the philosophy of science and a very interesting history of computational methods. So Bristol brings together my interests in a really fascinating way. One of the good things about the department is that the members are very interdepartmental but there is still a very strong sense of Philosophy as a community.
Another great thing about the Philosophy department is that it is very cutting edge. The academics are research-active and constantly publishing things. The projects they do are very inclusive, they are happy to let students participate and raise opinions, which really gives you a chance to get involved in where the work of the department is going.
There is a Philosophy Society, which organises group seminars and there are many reading groups on a range of different philosophical specialities. The research groups are a mixture of academic and student led, but there is a lot of support from lecturers and professors joining in. Through studying here I found a summer school at Birkbeck, where some big names on higher logic will be attending, which is a great opportunity.
Being at Bristol has given me the confidence to say: ‘yes, I want to pursue my research interests’. The fact that it is so open for student participation has really helped with that. I can envisage myself as a potential researcher and would like to go on to PhD level.