University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Logic and Metaphysics

The MLitt in Logic and Metaphysics offers students a specialist education in various topics within both Logic and Metaphysics. Students are encouraged to find connections between these specialisms and are provided with the understanding and tools required for future research. This programme is taught by staff from both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. It focuses on topics within metaphysics and logic; with classes covering logic and advanced logic, formal approaches to natural languages and contemporary and historical debates in metaphysics.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (UK 2.1 or equivalent) in Philosophy or a cognate discipline.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Students must take three compulsory modules over the course of the programme. These are:

Semester 1 - these two compulsory modules are taught in Stirling on Mondays. A coach will take you to and from Stirling without additional costs.

1. Current Issues in Philosophy 1: focuses on epistemology and ethics.
2. Research Methods: aims to foster the range of skills required for independent research in Philosophy. Students may choose to join a seminar group most related to their interests.
Semester 2: Current Issues in Philosophy 2: examines the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind.
Optional modules: You will also have the opportunity to choose three modules from a selection of modules which focus on logic and metaphysics. These modules may include:

1. Advanced Logic B: Classical Meta-theory: explores cardinality, computability and the limitative results of Gödel (incompleteness of arithmetic), Tarski (non-definability of arithmetic truth), and Church (undecidability of first-order logic).
2. Formal Approaches to Natural Languages: introduces issues in formal semantics, as well as related issues in syntax and pragmatics.
3. Origins and History of Analytic Philosophy: examines the works of the founding philosophers of analytic tradition in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
4. Philosophy of Logic: covers foundational issues in the philosophy of logic.
5. Texts in Contemporary Metaphysics: focuses on puzzles about theories of causation, mental causation, and group agency.
If you wish to brush up on your knowledge of logic, or if you have limited prior experience in this area, there is also an optional weekly seminar, Basic Logic, throughout the year.

Dissertation: The final element of the MLitt is a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation should be on an area of logic and metaphysics you are interested in; you will be encouraged to start considering a topic for the dissertation during Semester 2. Each student is supported through their dissertation by a relevant supervisor from the Department.

Assessment methods

MLitt: 9 months of ongoing coursework and a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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