MA Logic and Philosophy of MathematicsFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||September 2020|
The Department of Philosophy has exceptional research strength in the fields of logic and the philosophy of mathematics, and very strong links with the School of Mathematics, including a joint position in both departments. It is ranked by the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report (2017/18) as the strongest department in the UK for mathematical logic, the joint second strongest for philosophy of mathematics and the joint third strongest for philosophical logic.
Our MA draws on these strengths and is open to students with first degrees in philosophy (subject to a suitable background in logic) or mathematics. It consists of six taught units, examined by essay, and a 15,000-word dissertation.
As a postgraduate student, you will be an active member of the department’s flourishing research culture. You will be encouraged to attend and participate in both the weekly departmental research seminar and in the Philosophy and History of Science seminar, which often features well-known scholars in the field from Bristol and beyond. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you may present your own work before your peers and learn to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time (two years)
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The MA consists of taught components, which are examined by essay, and a dissertation. You will take six taught units, normally three in each semester. Satisfactory completion of semesters one and two will allow you to progress to writing a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. This programme includes the master's-level unit Axiomatic Set Theory which is taken in the School of Mathematics. It is assumed that students on this unit are familiar with material in logic and set theory as covered in linked notes prior to starting the programme.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MA in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) with a minimum average of 65 per cent in philosophy (with a significant logic component) or mathematics. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Students who complete the MA in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics have taken up careers as teachers and software developers. A number of graduates from this programme have gone into the IT industry.
2 August 2020. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
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REF 2014 results
- 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 51% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 17% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.