The two disciplines share a broad focus on the representation of information and rational inference, embracing common interests in algorithms, cognition, intelligence, language, models, proof and verification. Computer scientists need to be able to reflect critically and philosophically as they push forward into novel domains, while philosophers need to understand a world increasingly shaped by technology in which a whole new range of enquiry has opened up, from the philosophy of AI, to the ethics of privacy and intellectual property.
Some of the greatest thinkers of the past – including Aristotle, Hobbes and Turing – dreamed of automating reasoning and what this might achieve; the computer has now made it a reality, providing a wonderful tool for extending our speculation and understanding.
Graduates on the Computer Science and Philosophy course will have highly marketable skills. Computer Science at the University of Oxford teaches you how to program, to design processes that are effective and efficient, to reason logically and formally. Philosophy teaches how to analyse complex concepts and the interconnections between them and – crucially – how to express this analysis, elegantly and precisely, in written form. This ability to analyse complex issues, both technically and discursively, provides the intellectual equipment needed for technical leadership and high-level positions in today’s world.
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- Functional programming
- Design and analysis of algorithms
- Imperative programming
- Discrete mathematics
- General philosophy
- Elements of deductive logic
- Turing on computability and intelligence
- 36 months
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DisciplinesPhilosophy & Ethics Computer Sciences Artificial Intelligence View 455 other Masters in Philosophy & Ethics in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A-levels: A*AA including at least an A in Mathematics, with the A* in Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Computing/Computer Science. Those taking Further Mathematics A-level or AS-level are expected to achieve at least Grade A.
- Advanced Highers: AA/AAB with an A in Mathematics
- IB: 39 (including core points) with 766 at HL (the 7 must be in HL Mathematics)
- Candidates are expected to have Mathematics to A-level (A* or A grade), Advanced Higher (A grade), Higher Level in the IB (score 7) or another equivalent.
International36065 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36065 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
Islands (Channel Islands & Isle of Man) £9,250
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