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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

History of Science, Technology and Medicine PhD

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Teaching and learning

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine offers strong, research-led supervision by the UK's largest integrated group of scholars in the history of science, technology and medicine and science communication. Full details of research themes and staff interests are available from the  Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) website. CHSTM maintains extensive links with other research groupings in the university including History, Museology, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Art History and Visual Studies, and with colleagues in the natural sciences and healthcare.

Progression and assessment

All research students have regular one-to-one meetings with a specialist supervisor and regular `milestone' meetings, ensuring progression towards completion, under the framework of the Faculty of Life Sciences' graduate training programme.


CHSTM research students enjoy among the best study facilities of any comparable unit in the UK.  Where possible we provide a dedicated desk, terminal and storage space for all full-time research students based locally. Students have full access to a specialist library located within CHSTM, and are within five minutes' walk of the John Rylands University Library. The Manchester area is exceptionally rich in resources for the historical study of scientific, medical, technological and industrial change.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email:

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