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Science, technology and medicine are among the most significant and influential forms of knowledge and practice in modern society.

Understanding how they have influenced society, how society has shaped their development, and how they have been and are being communicated is an exciting and rewarding task.

The history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) combines both science and arts subjects and allows the exploration of historical questions relevant to understanding the present. This includes climate change, GM food, forensics, psychiatric treatment, globalisation, atomic energy, computers and much more.

Career options

Studying HSTM and science communication develops an excellent balance of abilities matching scientific literacy to the skills traditionally associated with arts degrees.

This opens a wide range of career possibilities, qualifying students for a range of managerial and research-oriented professions including roles in environmental agencies, health service administration and technical publishing.