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MALogic and Philosophy of Science

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Short description
The program focuses on logic and its applications in the philosophy of science, particularly in the foundations of mathematics, physics, linguistics, and the social sciences. Beyond a few core courses and a joint four-semester seminar series providing a common background to all students, we offer the following four thematic groups of courses: Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics, Foundations of Physics, Logic in Linguistics, and Models in the Social Sciences – the student has to choose 7 courses offered in these modules.

In general, the program is research oriented, aiming to prepare students for a PhD program. The program aims at developing research abilities of the students. Its central part is the Logic and its Applications Seminar at the Department of Logic, where students and staff members together discuss their work in progress. The most often occurring topics of the seminar are set theory and model theory in their philosophical connections, philosophy of mathematics in general, formalisation of physical theories, such as special and general relativity within different logical frameworks. Students get acquainted with the research work of the staff of the department and its partners and join a research program in order to write their own thesis. They are required to give two presentations on their work during the two years.

This program is recommended to applicants who are planning to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy, mathematics, physics, linguistics. This program enables students to apply for doctoral programs in various areas: philosophy, mathematics, physics, linguistics.

Strength of program:
The Department of Logic at ELTE has successful cooperation with the Algebraic Logic research division at Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Theoretical Linguistics of the Research institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The department organizes and hosts two weekly colloquia: the Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics seminar (LaPoM) and the Theoretical Philosophy Forum. Our MA and PhD students regularly and actively participate in these events.

Entry requirements:
There are two ways applicants can fulfil entry requirements, (i) or (ii):

(i) Full credit acknowledgment of degree. The applicant holds a university bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc or an equivalent college degree) in one of the following fields: Liberals Arts, Sociology, Mathematics, Physics, Applied Economics or Computer Science. Applicants holding such degrees are automatically eligible to enter the program.

(ii) Itemized credit fulfilment. Applicants holding a university bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc or an equivalent college degree) within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, economics and law are eligible to enter the program if they can show at least 50 credits (or equivalent) of course work spanning the following areas:

philosophy (especially logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, metaphysics)
mathematics (especially mathematical logic, set theory, universal algebra)
physics (especially classical mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics)
theoretical linguistics (especially semantics, formal semantics, logical foundations of formal semantics, mathematics, logic)
economics (especially probability theory, economic sociology, mathematical optimization)
sociology (especially theories of communication, foundations of social theory, organizational sociology)
For the itemized-credit option (ii), a transcript from the applicant’s bachelor’s degree as well as course descriptions for the 50 credits will be requested.

Entrance exam: Yes

Type of entrance exam: oral

Entrance exam location: Electronic

Entrance exam description: The application documents are processed by the Department of International Affairs and then forwarded to the department responsible for the given degree programme. The department checks the documents and organizes an interview by telephone, online (e.g. Skype) or in person. After the entrance interview, the department comes to a decision and informs the Department of International Affairs.

Mr Rezső Jarmalov
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator

Preparatory year available: No

Specialisation year available: No

Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2

Maximum number of scholarship holders: 20

Link: www.elte.hu/en/logic-and-theory-of-science-ma

Programme structure

Please find the list of study units here:

Logic and Theory of Science

Career opportunities

The program is designed for those who want to continue their studies on the postgraduate level. Our graduates have good prospects for applying to PhD programs in philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, informatics, physics, economics and sociology. Our graduates have become successful PhD students and academics at Eötvös Loránd University and at several universities all over Europe and overseas, including institutions like MIT.

Job examples:
•Education and research

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