MA in Reasoning
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.
The MA in Reasoning comprises four 30-credit coursework modules (for a total of 120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). You take the coursework modules in conjunction with students on the MA in Philosophy, but focus on reasoning-related topics. The four coursework modules are:
- PL805 Special Topics I
- PL806 Special Topics II
- PL855 Theoretical Philosophy
- PL856 Practical Philosophy
There are three ways to receive credit for these modules:
- All MA students are expected to attend, and may choose to be assessed on the basis of essays on topics covered in, our Graduate Seminars. The seminars are divided into two streams: Theoretical Reasoning, and History of Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. Topics covered vary each year in line with current staff research. If you choose to be assessed in this way, you will be expected to write on reasoning-related topics.
- In addition to attending the graduate seminars, MA students may, in consultation with the MA Programme Director, choose from a number of mixed undergraduate/graduate modules, typically assessed by a 4,000-word essay. The module offering varies from year to year, and you will be expected to focus on modules relating to reasoning. For a complete list of what is currently offered, please consult the Stage 2/3 module list.
- You can also take a range of non-core modules which vary year on year. Please 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. If you would like further information, please contact us.
Upon successful completion of the four coursework essays, students proceed to the writing of the dissertation (60 credits):
- PL998 Dissertation
This component is assessed on the basis of a 10,000-word dissertation on an approved topic on reasoning. Students work with their dissertation supervisor during the six-week Summer Term and have the summer to write up.
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.