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Logic, Master's Programme

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

This statement is false; or is it? What makes a paradox paradoxical but a mathematical proof acceptable? What does it mean for an argument to be sound or a program to be bug-free? Logic is the study of all these questions, and of argument and reasoning in general. As a graduate of the master’s programme in Logic, you will enjoy diverse opportunities ranging from software engineering to computational linguistics. Throughout two years of rigorous study, you will participate in interdisciplinary collaboration within a dynamic research community.

About the Programme

Do you see yourself thriving in an environment that fuses profound philosophical insights and striking mathematical methodology? Logic has developed beyond the traditional definition as the study of formal aspects of valid reasoning to be more widely applicable not only in the neighbouring disciplines of philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, and computer science, but also in industry and engineering. As a student of the programme, you will get a thorough education in the core topics in logic and will have the opportunity to explore applications in diverse areas including natural language processing, database design, and artificial intelligence.

Unique interdisciplinary opportunities

The University of Gothenburg is one of only a few universities that offer a master’s programme that embraces the multifaceted interdisciplinary components of logic, and these substantial interdisciplinary possibilities are unique within Sweden. You will be exposed to the various ways research and education in philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and computer science are linked together. Recommended course packages include courses taught at partner departments, such as Mathematics and Computer Science and Engineering, and from our own Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science.

Emphasis on current research and collaboration

Our teachers are active researchers, and many are internationally recognized, well- established authorities within their sub-disciplines. The elective courses you will choose from are designed with the specializations of the involved teachers in mind, making the connection with research very explicit. The research seminar in Logic (a biweekly series with a high level of international guests) as well as the Colloquium in Logic (running throughout the programme) brings researchers and students together for discussions about logic and its role in society and industry. There is a close relationship between teachers, students, and the dynamic research environment.

A rich academic experience

The master’s programme in Logic is two years of full-time study with a balanced combination of rigor and flexibility. You can expect a significant amount of hands-on, instructor-led skills training in addition to the theoretical lectures and seminars, computer laboratory work, and possibilities to individualize your study path. You will learn about the core areas of logic, including model theory, addressing the relationship between language and the objects that language describes; computability theory, investigating algorithms and the complexity of computational problems; proof theory, focusing on the structure of mathematical proofs and what it takes to prove the consistency of different theories; set theory, the general abstract study of one of the most fundamental concepts of mathematics and other formal sciences; and philosophy of mathematics, dealing with foundational epistemological and metaphysical issues in mathematics.

Who Should Apply?

Are you a mathematician interested in philosophical questions like: What is a proof? How can we know something? Can we be sure mathematics is true?

Are you a philosopher or linguist with an aptitude for formal thinking and interest in formal systems for modelling arguments, thoughts, and natural languages?

Are you a computer scientist who wants to explore foundational questions or to apply logic in artificial intelligence applications, automated systems for knowledge, databases, or web technologies?

Whether your educational background is specialized or interdisciplinary, if you have the courage to follow your curiosity, apply to the master’s programme in Logic today.

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Arts with a major in Logic.

The versatility of the master’s programme in Logic prepares you to follow both academic career paths and employment in a diverse array of fields.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: To be admitted to the programme a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 180 credits or an equivalent degree is required in one of the following areas: Logic, Theoretical philosophy, Computer science, Mathematics, General linguistics, or equivalent.  Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL or IELTS.

Selection: The selection is based on (i) a Personal Letter, and (ii) grades from previous relevant higher education. The Personal Letter should explain clearly the motivation for choosing this programme. The letter should introduce the the applicant both professionally and personally. The document must be entirely unique, i.e., it must not contain parts copied from any other source (with the exception of explicit quotations). Upload your personal letter to www.universityadmissions.se before the admission round deadline.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 268 000 SEK
First payment: 67 000 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Study Guidance

Fredrik Engström, mil-info@flov.gu.se, 031 - 786 6335


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

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