Durham University

Durham University

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

This one-year programme (two years part-time) is designed to give a deeper understanding of historical, philosophical and cultural issues in science and medicine from antiquity to the present day. Research training includes historical methods, philosophical analysis and socio-cultural models, providing an interdisciplinary environment for those interested in progressing to a PhD or those simply interested in HPSM studies.

Entry requirements

Upper second class (2:1) undergraduate degree in an appropriate humanities, science or social science subject or successful completion of four years of medical studies at an approved medical school.

Course modules

Core Modules: Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Dissertation (Philosophy, Health, or History). Optional Modules: Students choose a total of three optional modules, with at least one from List A and one from List B. The module titles below are those offered in 2016/17. Not all the modules will necessarily run every year. List A: History of Medicine, Science and the Enlightenment, Ethics, Medicine and History, Gender, Medicine and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe, Gender, 'Sex', Health and Politics. List B: Philosophical Issues in Science and Medicine, Phenomenology and the Sciences of Mind, Current Issues in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Social Sciences, Ethics of Cultural Heritage.

Assessment methods

Topic modules, research methods module and dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 6,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 3,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Philosophy
Telephone number: 
0191 334 6553