Durham University

Durham University

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

This programme 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 2nd Class undergraduate degree in an appropriate humanities, science or social science subject or successful completion of 4 years of medical studies at an approved medical school. IELTS An overall band score of at least 7.0 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.5) or at least 102 in the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) (with no element under 25).

Course modules

Core modules: research methods in the history and philosophy of science and medicine; dissertation (philosophy, health, or history). Students choose a total of 3 optional modules, with at least 1 from list a and 1 from list b. 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

Assessment methods include summative assessments and dissertation.

Sponsorship information

The Wellcome Trust, London: for students who commit themselves to a dissertation on a subject within the history of medicine; Durham University Philosophy Department Studentships; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); ESRC/Medical Research Council (ESRC/MRC); Durham University Graduate School MA Studentships for International Students; British Council; Students may apply for departmental funding.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Department of Philosophy
Telephone number: 
0191 334 6553