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History of Science, Technology and Medicine MSc (including Medical Humanities and Science Communication routes)

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Degree awarded
1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements
An Upper Second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, which may include humanities or science subjects. An applicant may also be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying for entry.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Course options

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

Course description

This flexible programme combines approaches from several disciplines, allowing students to specialise along one of three interconnected pathways. The core History pathway 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. The Science Communication pathway focuses on recent history and current practices in communication between scientific and medical experts and wider audiences, covering both science media and science policy studies. Learning involves a mixture of lectures, discussion sessions, private study and site visits. The programme is equally suitable for science graduates seeking related careers outside research science (including science communication and policy work), and for humanities graduates keen to explore the changing nature of some of the crucial sites of expertise and authority in modern-day life.

Open days

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,300
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150
    International students (per annum): £9,000

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.


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 earlier than the application deadline for the programme overall.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456

Academic department overview

See: About the Faculty of Life Sciences.

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