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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Taught Master's (MSc)

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We offer taught Master's degree programmes in three interconnected areas:

History of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century science, technology and medicine, their social and cultural backgrounds, and their implications for the present and future.

The Medical humanities pathway combines historical understanding of medicine and healthcare with approaches from literary studies, the social sciences and the visual arts. It is available to medical students as an intercalated MSc, or more generally as a stand-alone course.

Science communication, combines a theoretical grounding in history and policy studies with insight and experience from print and broadcast journalism, museums and public events, public policy and advocacy, and other professional fields.

Programme structures compared

Full-time students complete the course in a single year (September to September). They receive the core taught units in Semester 1 and the specialist units in Semester 2. Work on the dissertation or portfolio begins in Semester 2 and is completed across the summer vacation.

Part-time students complete the course across two years (also September to September), studying half the full-time curriculum each semester alongside the full-time students. Work on the dissertation or portfolio is ongoing across the second year and completed in the second-year summer vacation.

Further information and application procedure

For full details of programme structure, and for further information on applications, eligibility, fees and funding, and contact details, please see the individual programme pages linked above.

We also host regular Open Days and information events, with teaching staff and present and former students available to answer questions. A video recording of a recent event is available to view.


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