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About Philosophy of Science
Masters degrees in Philosophy of Science are concerned with the foundations, methods and implications of science.
Related postgraduate specialisms include the History of Science & Medicine, while entry requirements usually include a relevant undergraduate degree such as Philosophy or Social Science.
Philosophy of Science questions precisely what qualifies as science, how reliable scientific theories are and what science’s ultimate purpose is. These paradigms have changed greatly over the last few centuries, and this field attempts to uncover why and how.
For example, you could investigate whether science can reveal truth about unobservable things (a topic closely related to cosmology), or delve into the moral aspects of scientific reasoning.
Ultimately, you’ll be challenged to decipher if science is a steady, cumulative acquisition of knowledge, or if it’s a product of the concepts and practices which define periods in history.
Careers in this field include traditional roles in academia, publishing and journalism. However, you might also branch into consultation within professions such as clinical practice or jurisprudence.
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Gain an insight into the complex history of technology, medicine and science, and how they have shaped the world we live in. You’ll explore the themes, concepts and debates in the study of the history of science through core modules. Read more
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The University of Bristol is among the top UK institutions for philosophy and history of science. Our expertise is in a broad range of areas related to the philosophy and history of the specific sciences, including physics, biology, mathematics, logic, medicine and psychology. The latest . Read more
The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. Read more
This masters course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of how healthcare and medicine have developed, how health has changed and the societal impacts of these changes across the world in a variety of historical contexts. Read more
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