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Course content

Course overview

  • Learn at the research centre that pioneered the integrated historical study of science, technology and medicine.
  • Work alongside staff and fellow students specialising in science communication, museum studies, and science and healthcare policy.
  • Study in a research-led teaching culture, with particular strengths in twentieth century and contemporary history.
  • Open up flexible career options, from PhD preparation to jobs in science writing and public engagement.

Open days

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine usually offers open day events in November and February or March of each year. For details, see the open days page on the CHSTM website.

At other times of the year, CHSTM staff are happy to meet potential students individually. Please contact us for an appointment.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750 
  • International students (per annum): £9,250

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

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

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 course.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an Alumni Bursary of £1000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught Master's programmes in 2018. The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2017 or are graduating in 2018
  • hold a first class honours degree
  • have home or overseas fee status
  • are applying for full or part time study
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support

Entry requirements

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 [or TOEFL (paper) 577, TOEFL (computer) 233, TOEFL (internet) 90]. The University of Manchester's TOEFL code is 0757.

If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your Master's degree, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test is required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

You should apply for this course via our online application form . See the Application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your form.

Advice to applicants

 We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • Official transcript of your studies to date. As far as possible, this should include details of grades achieved for individual modules or courses. If the transcript is generated in a language other than English, you should also include a translation.
  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply, or emailed separately by the referees to  . We do not request references on your 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 of one to two pages, explaining your background and interest in the course.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your career and/or study history.
  • 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.

Interview requirements

Applicants may be interviewed as part of the selection process. We may ask to see a sample of written work, in a relevant area, as a basis for interview discussion. Interviews will be held face to face if possible. Otherwise, and normally for applicants based outside the UK, we will interview by Skype.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes a mixture of lectures and small-group seminar discussions built around readings and other materials. We emphasise the use both of primary sources, and of current research in the field.

Most students will also visit local museums and other sites of interest to work on objects or archives.

All students meet regularly with a mentor from the Centre's PhD community, a designated personal tutor from among the staff, and, from Semester 2, a dissertation supervisor. 

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is mostly based on traditional essay-format coursework submission.

All MSc students undertake a research dissertation accounting for 60 of the 180 credits.

Career opportunities

Many of our students go on to PhD research, whether in HSTM itself, in other fields of history, or in a range of allied subjects including historical geography, science and technology studies, and museum studies. PhD graduates from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine may go on to academic careers or to relevant specialist roles in areas including publishing, public policy research, and the museums sector.

Other graduates have gone on to a diverse range of careers involving a significant element of specialist expertise on the role of science or medicine in society. These have included museums, science centres and the heritage sector; libraries and archives; media production; journalism; specialist public relations; technical authorship and editing; and policy analyst roles.


Visit the MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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