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History of Science, Technology and Medicine MSc

Explore the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) through case studies. Interested students from any discipline are welcome on this course. Includes the Medical Humanities award route.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine (including Medical Humanities award route) Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • You want to gain extensive research experience and professional skills in the field of histories of science, technology and medicine.
  • You are considering moving on to doctoral and research degree programmes.
  • The Medical Humanities award routes may be taken by medical students as an intercalated MSc, or as a stand-alone MSc by other students.
Degree awarded
1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

Normally requires an Upper Second-class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent , in an appropriate discipline, which may include humanities or science subjects. Applicants should provide transcripts or study plans indicating performance on the most relevant course content. An applicant may also be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience, provided this meets the University¿s central requirements.


Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 5439
How to apply

Apply online

Please note we require the following documents before we can consider your application:

Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English

Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.

Degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

Personal statement or statement of purpose

Curriculum vitae (CV)

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Please indicate in the text of your application whether you are applying for the core History of Science, Technology and Medicine pathway or the Medical Humanities pathway.

“The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine is renowned for the quality of its teaching, as well as the research that takes place there, so I didn't hesitate to accept their offer of study.”

Jonathan Livingstone / History of Science, Technology and Medicine MSc

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This programme explores the histories of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) through a wide range of case studies, from the emergence of professional scientific disciplines such as physics and biology, to the growth of `Big Science' in the Cold war era, to the complex history of the National Health Service. We focus on the integrated understanding of HSTM through consideration of sites, institutions, and schools of thought and practice, and pay particular attention to how scientists and medics have communicated with non-specialist audiences.

The taught course consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Reflecting CHSTM¿s established research strengths, studies focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century cases. Students will gain experience in historical essay-writing before researching and writing an extensive dissertation on a specialised topic, supervised by experienced researchers.

This MSc is appropriate for students from any disciplinary background. It works both as an advanced study course for students with undergraduate experience in HSTM, and as a conversion route for students from other backgrounds (often in the sciences, but also including general history, social policy, and other fields).

The HSTM pathway is the most appropriate for students who have wide-ranging interests across the field, or are interested in the histories of the physical sciences or the life sciences in particular. If you wish to focus on biomedicine or healthcare, you may prefer the Medical Humanities pathway. If you are particularly interested in contemporary science communication or policy, you should consider the parallel Science Communication MSc programme.

Open days

An open day is usually scheduled in November and/or February: details are announced on the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine website. At other times of the year, CHSTM staff are happy to meet potential students individually: please contact us for an appointment.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
    International students (per annum): £8,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment. Please note we can only accept part time applications from international students if they do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.


Several sources of funding are available. For current possibilities, please see the MSc Funding page on the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine website. Please note that funding application deadlines are usually significantly earlier than the application deadline for the programme overall.