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MA programme in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Munich, GERMANY


From October 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU 
Munich is going to run an international MA program in Logic and Philosophy of Science (next to 
other MA degrees which will be starting at the same time, including a general MA in Philosophy).

LMU has a long-standing tradition in philosophy of science and logic that reaches back to the time 
of Wolfgang Stegm?ller and Kurt Sch?tte. In recent years, this tradition has been revived by 
establishing a new chair in logic and philosophy of language (held by Hannes Leitgeb) and by 
founding the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP,
) which is devoted to the application of 
logical and mathematical methods in philosophy. Hannes Leitgeb was awarded an Alexander von 
Humboldt Professorship by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2010, and in April 2012 
it was announced that another Alexander von Humboldt Professorship will be awarded to Stephan 
Hartmann who will be moving to LMU by autumn of this year in order to take up the chair in 
philosophy of science at LMU. Leitgeb and Hartmann will also be co-directing the new MA program. 
For a list of people working at LMU in logic, philosophy of science, and adjacent areas, please see

http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/people/index.html

and

http://www.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/lehreinheiten/logik/personen/index.html

http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/research/index.html gives a good overview of some of 
the research that is presently done here. Overall, the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
and Study of Religion at LMU is one of the largest in the German-speaking world, it covers all 
areas of philosophy, and it has a strong interdisciplinary orientation towards areas such as 
physics, neuroscience, mathematics, statistics, linguistics, computer science, and more.

Here are some details on our MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science:

- Language of program and courses: English.

- Start date: In the coming winter semester, teaching commences on October 15th, 2012.

- Duration: The MA can be done within one year (two semesters, 60 ECTS) or within two years (four 
semesters, 120 ECTS), depending on one's preferences, background, and previous education. The MA is
a self-standing degree, but of course it can also serve as preparation for doctoral research.

- Structure: In each semester, all students in the program attend a dedicated compulsory MA seminar
(the "Master Colloquium"); over and above that, right until their final semester, they are choosing
units from a broad range of additional courses in logic, philosophy of science, and related areas. 
The final semester is devoted to writing an MA thesis.

- Community: We host a lively community of university faculty, MCMP fellows, students, and visitors.
All MA students will be able to join the great number of academic activities at the university in 
general and at the MCMP in particular, including two weekly research seminars in logic, philosophy 
of science, and mathematical philosophy for speakers from outside, a weekly internal work-in-progress
seminar, reading groups, workshops, and conferences. For a list of current activities, please take 
a look at . We have strong 
ties to institutions of a similar kind, whether on an international scale (see
) or in Munich (see 
),
and we regularly host visitors who do their research at our Center or who teach here. Additionally, 
the journal Erkenntnis() is 
based at the MCMP.

More information for international students about studying at LMU can be found at 
.

- Entry requirements: Academically, an average mark in one's undergraduate studies of at least 
2,0 in the German system is required (which corresponds to at least an upper second-class honours 
degree in the British system or the international equivalent thereof). It is possible to apply for 
a place in the program even if one does not yet have finished one's undergraduate studies: in such 
a case we would make a conditional offer, accordingly. The program is not just open to philosophy 
and logic undergraduates but also to undergraduates from relevant scientific disciplines, such as 
mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, economics, 
linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, the social sciences or related disciplines.

If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree from an English-speaking 
university, you will need to supply us with evidence of your language skills as far as speaking 
and writing in English is concerned: we demand at least a 6.5 in all IELTS bands (or equivalent).

- Fees and financial support: Every student at LMU has to pay EUR 500 per semester for their 
studies. We will be able to support selected applicants to our MA program in Logic and Philosophy 
of Science with a limited number of a tax-free monthly stipends of EUR 1000 for the whole period 
of their studies.

- Application: We will accept applications until

  July 15th, 2012

but we strongly recommend to apply before that date.

First of all, please submit your application electronically to

  office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

The following files are required:

(1) A cover letter in which you explain why you would like to join the program.
(2) A CV (including the list of courses that you have taken as an undergraduate).
(3) A copy of your undergraduate final grade certificate.
(4) A seminar paper or published article that you have written which is open in terms of its 
subject, but which should give evidence of clarity of thought, systematicity, logical argumentation,
and an awareness of methodological questions, which are all particularly relevant to our MA program.
(5) Two letters of reference, which should also address your special potential in the very areas 
that are covered by our MA program.
(6) Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS or equivalent), in case your first language is not English and you do not have a 
degree from an English-speaking university.

If necessary, applicants may also be interviewed. If you have questions about that part of the 
application process, please send them tooffice.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de as well.

Secondly, and in addition, please apply simultaneously to the International Affairs Office at LMU 
which will check for general requirements that concern Master studies at LMU in general. At 
 you can download the set of 
application documents for Master degrees at LMU. 
There you will also find information about which documents to submit to the International Affairs 
Office, how to submit them, and whom you can contact about this other part of the application 
process in case of questions.

- Continuing after the MA: The MA program can be continued by entering our PhD program. The MCMP 
regularly advertises Doctoral Fellowships to which students in our MA program may apply.

- Proviso: We should add that, since the MA program is new, it still needs to be confirmed 
officially by the senate of the LMU (amongst others).

- Contact: If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please send a 
message to office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de