The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
This MA programme offers a selection of topics related to reasoning and inference. It covers areas such as cognitive science and AI; scientific, mathematical, logical, causal and inductive reasoning; philosophy of mind, logic and language. The programme is ideally suited to students with philosophical training who would like to pursue their undergraduate interests yet develop skills that make them attractive to a broad range of employers, or who would like the advanced training required for a PhD in this area. The flexibility of this programme enables you to negotiate your own path of study through a range of topics. Students can focus exclusively on philosophical topics or can study reasoning-related topics in Psychology, Computing, Statistics, Law, Social Policy, Biosciences and History.
Students choose taught modules to a total of 120 credits. At least 60 credits must be chosen from the core module offering.
You take the core modules in conjunction with students on philosophy MA, but focus on reasoning-related topics.
- Logic (Jon Williamson, Philosophy, Autumn term) [30 Credits]
- Philosophy of Logic (Laurence Goldstein, Philosophy, Autumn term) [30 Credits]
- Philosophy of Science (David Corfield, Philosophy, Autumn term) [30 Credits]
- Philosophy of Mind (Julia Tanney, Philosophy, Autumn term) [30 Credits]
- Philosophy of Cognitive Science and AI (Julia Tanney, Philosophy, Spring term) [30 Credits]
- Philosophy of Language (Laurence Goldstein, Philosophy, Spring term) [30 Credits]
- Advanced topics in Mind and Language (Julia Tanney, Philosophy, Spring term) [30 Credits]
- Paradoxes (Laurence Goldstein, Philosophy, Spring term) [30 Credits]
- Special topics (Various, Autumn/Spring term) [30 Credits]
In the past, special topics have included:
- Logical reasoning, fallacies and paradoxes (Laurence Goldstein & George Darby, Philosophy)
- Further logic for philosophers (George Darby, Philosophy)
- Causal and probabilistic reasoning (Jon Williamson, Philosophy)
- Scientific and mathematical reasoning (George Darby, Philosophy)
- The advent of scientific reasoning: Galileo and Descartes to Newton and Kant
- Wittgenstein's lectures on the foundations of mathematics (David Corfield & Julia Tanney, Philosophy)
- Psychology of Reasoning:
- Current issues in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology (Psychology SP827, Autumn & Spring terms) [40 credits]
- Cognitive neural networks Psychology SP846, Autumn term) [20 credits]
- Statistical Reasoning:
- Legal Reasoning:
- Scientific Reasoning:
- Design, philosophy and ethics of social inquiry (Social Policy SO833, Autumn term) [20 credits]
- Techniques of data analysis (Social Policy SO832, Spring term) [20 credits]
- Using secondary and qualitative data (Social Policy SO817) [20 credits]
- Science@Work: professional science communication (Biosciences BI830, Autumn term) [30 credits]
- History of science and communication (History HI866, Autumn term) [30 credits]
- Science, ethics and controversy (History HI869, Spring term) [30 credits]
- Visualising science (History HI867, Spring term) [30 credits]
- Science communication in practice (Biosciences BI831, Spring term) [30 credits]
- A single wild module from the Philosophy MA, a Psychology MSc, the Computer Science MSc or the Statistics MSc [various credits]
* assumes some prior experience of computer programming with an imperative language such as Java.
** assumes a good level of calculus and linear algebra and a basic level of probability and statistics.
If you would like further information please contact us.
You can apply for the MA in Reasoning here.
Note that not all modules will run every year. The range of modules available for selection in any particular year depends on student demand, staff sabbatical arrangements and timetable constraints.
Postgraduate research in Reasoning
If you are considering taking a Research Masters or PhD on a topic connected with the study of reasoning and inference, do consider studying at the Centre for Reasoning. To find out more about the opportunities available please contact us, or contact members of the Centre for Reasoning whose interests coincide with your own.
PhD students can take advantage of our membership of the Reasoning Club to access the expertise of a network of researchers around Europe.