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

Course Description

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.

See the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) website.

Visit the History of Science, Technology and Medicine MSc (including Medical Humanities award route) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally an Upper Second-class honours degree in the UK, or the overseas equivalent , in appropriate disciplines, which include humanities or science subjects. Applicants should provide transcripts indicating performance on the most relevant area. An applicant may be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience, given the University's central requirements. Applicants may be interviewed. We may ask to see a sample of written work in a relevant area. Interviews might be held face to face or by Skype. For those first language isn't English we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in each component.

Course Fees

For 2016, (full-time, per annum): UK/EU students: £8,000; International: £15,500. (part-time, per annum): UK/EU: £4,000; International: £7,750.

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