The LSE was my first exposure to philosophy of science, and the courses were challenging but fascinating. Professors did an excellent job of presenting the material so that those of us unfamiliar with the issues could participate as well as those who already had studied some of it. The other students in the Master’s program came from a variety of backgrounds, which made for a stimulating discussion atmosphere in classes. After evening courses, a number of us went out afterwards for drinks and conversation. These were some of the highlights of my stay in London, in which I learned a great deal of philosophy and science from others, and made wonderful friendships.
After completing the MSc, I moved to the Ph.D. program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. The background I already had from my courses at the LSE was extremely useful for starting this new program at a more advanced level. Since each graduate department has its atmosphere and approaches, having experienced a different one besides my current department gives me a valuable sense of perspective. In addition to the solid foundation in philosophy of science with which I started, I found at conferences that I already knew a circle of colleagues that I had met as fellow students at the LSE, or at one of the various talks in the London philosophical community. It is always enjoyable to catch up with them and see where fellow students have gone in the years meantime.
The program at the LSE was the decisive factor in my choosing to become a professional philosopher of science. And of course, the chance to live in London for a year is not to be missed.