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PhD study has traditionally been considered principally as a preparation for an academic career, though it is also used to prepare the ground for policy research work, curatorial museum roles, specialist librarianship or archivist training, or (with our increasing research strength in science communication) work in public engagement.

In recent years, CHSTM has been extremely successful in obtaining short- or long-term postdoctoral funding for recent PhD graduates, providing career stability and the chance to build on established research with a view to publication. Other graduates have developed careers at various institutions around the world in fields including HSTM, healthcare policy research and social studies of science.

Destinations of some past PhD graduates

Ian Miller (due to graduate 2009) has been appointed a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin.

Dr Tom Lean (graduated 2009) is an oral historian for the British Library's National Life Stories project.

Dr Val Harrington (2009) is a research associate in the Personal Social Services Research Unit at Manchester.

Dr Holly Ennis (2009) is a research assistant in the Arthritis Research Campaign Epidemiology Unit in the Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences at Manchester.

Dr Dayle DeLancey (2008) is assistant professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr Neil Pemberton (2004) is a Wellcome-funded postdoctoral researcher at CHSTM, continuing his work on the construction of deafness in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain.

Dr Marion Thomas (2004) is lecturer in the history of life sciences, health and ethics at the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg.

Dr Vanessa Heggie (2004) went on to postdoctoral work at CHSTM, and was appointed in 2007 to a two-year lectureship in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

Dr Abigail Woods (2002) went on to postdoctoral work at CHSTM, led a 2005 review of the history of infectious disease commissioned by the governmental Office of Science and Technology, and is now Lecturer in History of Medicine at Imperial College London.

Dr Helen Blackman (2001) went on to postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge, and is now Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter.

Dr Peter Coventry (2001) is MRC Training Fellow in Health Services Research at the University of Manchester.

Dr Alison Kraft (2001) is now Research Fellow at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham.

Dr Helen Valier (2001) is a faculty member in the Medicine and Society programme at the University of Houston.

Dr Carsten Timmermann (1999) holds a Wellcome Research Fellowship at CHSTM.

Dr Richard Hankins (1998) became International Product Manager with Adis International, a major scientific publishing company.

"Within a year I studied subjects as diverse as the development of chemical weapons, early modern medicine, social history of learning disability and the development of clinical trials. This breadth along with an established relationship with a number of funding bodies made the Centre an attractive place to develop a postgraduate career. Having written, edited and reviewed papers during my time at Manchester I had a clear understanding of the publishing process."

Dr Sally Horrocks (1993) is Lecturer in British History at the University of Leicester.

Dr Keith Vernon (1987) is Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

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