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Taking HSTM units as part of your degree programme.

Each year, we teach around 1000 undergraduates on degree programmes across the University.

We accept most students without prerequisites and it is often possible to take a unit outside your level of study.

Optional units

Whatever you study, most faculties and schools in the University will allow you to take our course units as optional ‘free choice’ units.

HSTM units are designed to be accessible to all undergraduate students from all disciplines. They assume no prior experience. All HSTM units can be taken in 10 and 20 credit versions as appropriate to your programme of study. All units run for one semester.

If you are unsure whether you can enrol on HSTM units you should contact your School Curriculum and Programme Team. You may wish to contact your programme director if your programme does not currently allow you to take a HSTM unit.

If you are not able to register directly onto HSTM units, a number may still be available to study through the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL), which allows you to study units from across the University with as much freedom as you want if it fits in your timetable.

Any questions? Please email our Curriculum & Programmes Team. Alternatively, contact the CHSTM Academic Lead for Undergraduate Teaching for assistance.

‘Free Choice’ HSTM units offered to all programmes

Semester 1

Semester 2

Level 1

Science and the Modern World
HSTM10221 (10 credits)
HSTM10721 (20 credits)

Bodies in History: An Introduction to the History of Medicine, 1500-2000
HSTM10272 (10 credits)
HSTM10772 (20 credits)

Level 2

From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics
HSTM20031 (10 credits)
HSTM20081 (20 credits)

Animals in history: An introduction to human-animal relationships and why they matter
HSTM21112 (10 credits)
HSTM21122 (20 credits)

In Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science Fiction in Literature and Film
HSTM20301 (10 credits)
HSTM20801 (20 credits)

The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
HSTM20092 (10 credits)
HSTM20592 (20 credits)

Level 3

Climate Change and Society
HSTM33201 (10 credits)
HSTM33501 (20 credits)

Madness and Society in the Modern Age
HSTM30832 (10 credits)
HSTM40332 (20 credits)

Fossils: Global Histories of Natural Heritage, Science and Empire
HSTM31111 (10 credits)
HSTM31121 (20 credits)

People and Power in the Digital Age
HSTM30332 (10 credits)
HSTM30342 (20 credits)

From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: A History of Forensic Medicine
HSTM32011 (10 credits)
HSTM32511 (20 credits)

The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today
HSTM31212 (10 credits)
HSTM31712 (20 credits)

Dissertation project
HSTM40100
HSTM40200
HSTM40400
Research-only course available for 10, 20 or 40 credits

Dissertation project
HSTM40100
HSTM40200
HSTM40400
Research-only course available for 10, 20 or 40 credits

Any questions? Please email our Curriculum and Programme Support Team and/or CHSTM Academic Lead for Undergraduate Teaching

UCIL units offered by CHSTM

Semester 1

Semester 2

Level 2

From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics
UCIL20331 (10 credits)
UCIL20081 (20 credits)

The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History
UCIL20092 (10 credits)
UCIL20592 (20 credits)

In Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science Fiction in Literature and Film
UCIL20301 (10 credits)
UCIL20801 (20 credits)

 

Level 3

From Sherlock Holmes to CSI: A History of Forensic Science and Medicine
UCIL32011 (10 credits)
UCIL32511 (20 credits)

Madness and Society in the Modern Age
UCIL30832 (10 credits)
UCIL30332 (20 credits)

Climate Change and Society
UCIL33201 (10 credits)
UCIL33501 (20 credits)

The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today
UCIL31212 (10 credits)
UCIL31712 (20 credits)

Any questions? Please email the UCIL Team.

BIOL units offered to SBS programmes

Semester 1

Semester 2

Level 1

A History of Biology in 20 Objects
BIOL10381 (10 credits)

 

Level 2

 

Science & Society RSM
BIOL20302 (10 credits)

Level 3

HSTM Final Year Project (full year)
BIOL31250 (40 credits)

 

Any questions? Please email the SBS Programmes Team.