Reasoning MA

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.

Core modules:

You take the core modules in conjunction with students on philosophy MA, but focus on reasoning-related topics.

  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Logic
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science and AI
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Advanced Topics in Mind and Language
  • Paradoxes
  • Special Topics

In the past, special topics have included:

  • Logical reasoning, fallacies and paradoxes
  • Further logic for philosophers
  • Causal and probabilistic reasoning
  • Scientific and mathematical reasoning
  • The advent of scientific reasoning: Galileo and Descartes to Newton and Kant
  • Wittgenstein's lectures on the foundations of mathematics

Non-core modules:

* 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.

Students also attend a graduate research seminar, and do a dissertation (PL899) [60 credits] on a topic connected with reasoning. The MA Programme specification is available here.

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.

Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Philosophy

Last Updated: 03/04/2014