Logic, Master's Programme
This statement is false; or is it? What makes a paradox paradoxical but a mathematical proof acceptable? What does it mean for a program to be bug-free? Logic is the study of all these questions, and of reasoning in general.
As a graduate of this programme you will be prepared to follow both academic career paths and employment in a diverse array of fields, including software engineering and computational linguistics. Throughout the two years you will participate in interdisciplinary collaboration within a dynamic research community.
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.
Programme structure and content
The programme begins with an in-depth introductory course specifically designed to give students from diverse backgrounds the foundational knowledge needed to continue successfully with the programme. There are six mandatory courses providing core knowledge:
- Logical Theory
- Set Theory
- Modal Logic
- Philosophy of Logic
- Proof Theory
- Model theory
There are several opportunities to tailor your education with elective courses, chosen from a range of subjects in applied logic (artificial intelligence, logic for web technologies, etc.) or theoretical logic (category theory, formal theories of truth, etc.). You’re also encouraged to choose elective courses taught at partner departments. You will receive guidance to help build a sensible and competitive profile matching your individual background, interests, potential, and plans for your future career. Seminars, peer review, and supervising will assist you in writing your master’s thesis, which is an in-depth exploration of a topic of your choice.
Who should apply?
Are you a mathematician interested in philosophical questions like: What is a proof? 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 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, 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.
Prerequisites and selection
Admission to the programme requires, besides fulfilling basic entry requirements, successful completion of at least 60 credits in total in the subject areas mathematics, logic, computer science or formal linguistics, or at least 90 credits in philosophy or linguistics, and additionally, or as part of the 90 credits, at least 30 credits in total in the subject areas mathematics, logic, computer science or formal linguistics, or equivalent knowledge. 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, IELTS.
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.
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.
Graduates with a degree in logic report jobs as consultants, software engineers, programmers, and teachers, along with a significant amount who continue with PhD programmes in Logic, Theoretical Philosophy, Linguistics, and Computer Science nationally and worldwide. Our extensive research connections provide research-oriented students ample occasions to network and further their post-graduate opportunities. For those seeking employment, the Colloquium in Logic seminar series allows you to connect with employers from industry, education, software engineering, web-based technologies, and the information and communication technology sector.