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MA programme in logic and philosophy of science, Munich, GERMANY


*MA Program in Logic and Philosophy of Science at LMU Munich*

*Deadline for application for the 2013-2014 academic year: July 15th, 

*Studying Logic and Philosophy of Science at the LMU Munich:*

Since October 2012 the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and 
Study of Religion at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Munich is running an 
international MA program in Logic and Philosophy of Science.

LMU has a long-standing tradition in logic and philosophy of science. In 
recent years this tradition has been revived through the foundation of the 
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP : 
http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/index.html), and by Hannes 
Leitgeb and Stephan Hartmann moving to the LMU to take, respectively, the 
chair in logic and philosophy of language and the chair in philosophy of 
science. Both Leitgeb and Hartmann have been awarded an Alexander von 
Humboldt Professorship by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 
They are now working together to co-direct the MCMP.

The MCMP hosts a lively community of university faculty, MCMP fellows, 
students, and visitors. The MA students will be able to take part in a 
great number of academic activities at LMU. The MCMP itself is hosting two 
weekly research seminars on the topics of logic, philosophy of science, 
and mathematical philosophy from visiting speakers ? while also we get to 
hear what our own members are working on during our internal 
work-in-progress seminars.  In addition, the MCMP regularly organizes 
reading groups, workshops, and conferences. See the MCMP website for 

We have strong ties to similar institutions internationally, in Germany 
and in Munich. We regularly host visitors who do their research at our 
Center or who teach here. Additionally, the journal Erkenntnis 
(http://www.mcmp.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/erkenntnis/index.html") is 
based at the MCMP.

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 has a strong interdisciplinary approach 
towards subjects like physics, neuroscience, mathematics, statistics, 
linguistics, computer science, and more.

*The MA Program details:*

- MA website: 

- Questions and contact : Olivier Roy (Program Coordinator): 

- Language of program and courses: English.

- Next starting date: October 14th, 2013 (Beginning of the Winter 
Semester). Unless in case of transfer from other MA programs, there is no 
admission to the MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science in the summer 

- Duration: The MA is a two-year (four semesters, 120 ECTS) program. We 
are also working on introducing a one-year option, but this doesn't apply 
for 2013.

- The MA is primarily aimed at preparing doctoral research in philosophy. 
It is, however, a self-standing degree which can be taken as such, or in 
preparation for doctoral research in other disciplines (computer sciences, 
linguistics, etc...)

- Structure: In each semester, all students in the program attend a 
compulsory MA seminar (the "Master's Colloquium").  Beyond that, students 
can choose from a broad range of additional courses in logic, philosophy 
of science, and related areas until their final semester. The final 
semester is devoted to writing a MA thesis.

- 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). It is possible to apply 
for a place in the program even if one has not yet finished an 
undergraduate degree.  In such a case we would make a conditional offer. 
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 award, on the basis of 
track record, a limited number of entry grants consisting of a tax-free, 
monthly stipend of EUR 1000 for one year.  The possibility of extension 
for another year is subject to positive review after the first year.  If 
you are interested in applying for an entry grant please say so in your 
cover letter.

- Application: We will accept applications until July 15th, 2013, but we 
strongly recommend to apply before that date. Please submit your 
application electronically to the program coordinator (olivier.roy@lmu.de) 
with "Application MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science" as the subject.

Your application package should include:

(1) A cover letter in which you explain why you would like to join the 
program.  If you wish to apply for an entry grant please mention it 
explicitly in the letter.

(2) A CV (including the list of courses that you have taken as an 

(3) A copy of your undergraduate final grade certificate or transcript.

(4) A seminar paper or published article that you have written, the 
subject of which can vary.  It should give evidence of clear thinking, 
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 contact the program 
coordinator (olivier.roy@lmu.de).

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 
http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/students/degree/downloads2/index.html 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