Logic is an interdisciplinary and international two-year Master's programme that focuses on the central role of logic as a mediator between the sciences and the humanities. The MSc Logic enjoys a strong international reputation as an excellent research training programme. Graduates of the programme frequently move on to become key players in the international logical research community.
The programme was established in 1995 by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), and remains firmly embedded in this research institute, with staff members from the fields of Computer Science, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, (Computational) Linguistics and Mathematics. The goal and the underlying spirit of the MSc Logic is to connect traditional fundamental research in the formal sciences with a wide variety of applications that range from Information Sciences to Linguistics and Philosophy.
Studying Logic at the University of Amsterdam
The MSc Logic is a research-oriented programme for highly motivated students with an excellent academic record. The programme is open to students from all over the world and is based on a scheme known as the I³ system: Interdisciplinarity, Internationality and Individuality.
- Interdisciplinarity: We strongly believe that logic is an important research area that spans Mathematics, Computer Science, Philosophy and Linguistics and that has important applications in the social sciences. This programme is quite unique in that logic is the core area of interest, while at most other universities around the world it is only a minor part of other fields.
- Internationality: The majority of students in the MSc Logic come from outside the Netherlands. The wide variety of nationalities represented in the programme creates flexibility and encourages open and inquisitive minds. In short, geographic mobility creates intellectual mobility.
- Individuality: Since the main educational goal of this programme is the formation of an individual research profile on the basis of each student's strengths and interests, there are very few required core courses. Students are assisted in designing their own personal programme by their academic mentor.
All students are required to participate in the course ‘Logic, Language and Computation', which provides an introduction to research areas that are being pursued at the ILLC. Depending on their background, students can choose between four tracks:
- Logic and Mathematics; Courses offered in the track Logic and Mathematics focus on the mathematics of modal logic, mathematical analysis of games and set and model theory.
- Logic and Computation; The Logic and Computation track focuses on games in computer science, complexity theory and algorithms.
- Logic and Philosophy; courses in the track Logic and Philosophy focus on the philosophy of language and cognitive science.
- Logic and Language; Logic and Language track offers courses that focus on formal models for natural language semantics and computational linguistics.
You can thus expand on the original field of your Bachelor's programme while simultaneously working toward common goals and shared interests with students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
The MSc programme in Logic is a research-oriented programme. Most graduates of this programme continue their scientific education with PhD study. Many also carry out research in academic or industrial contexts, are teachers at schools or universities, work in the fields of publishing or journalism, or work in the software industry and management consulting.
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Last updated October 11, 2018