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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Programme code:MA-HIS/STMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mike Finn Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 94 with no less than 21 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Programme specification:

The programme will:
i) provide students with an overview of major historical themes in understanding the history of science, technology and medicine;
ii) develop their analytical skills in relation to historical research;
iii) introduce them to current debates in history of science and enable them to locate their own position and pursue their own interests in relation to those debates;
iv) allow students to pursue a personal interest in a specialised area of History of Science by taking an appropriate elective module;
v) develop students skills in the practice of independent research in a specialised area of History of Science.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates are required to study and pass 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HPSC5150MHistorical Skills and Practices30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC5201MCurrent Approaches in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to take one of the following dissertation modules:

HPSC5140MHistory and Philosophy of Science: Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
HPSC5910MHistory and Philosophy of Science: Extended Dissertation90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Candidates are required to take 30-60 credits from the following list of optional modules:

HIST5875MLifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC5171MTopics in the Philosophy of Physics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC5320MScience and Religion Historically Considered30 creditsNot running in 202021
HPSC5601MHistory & Theory of Modern Science Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC5630MSpecial Option (History of Science)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HPSC5750MScience in the Museum: Interpretations & Practices30 creditsNot running in 202021
HPSC5800MThe Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic)30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 20/05/2021 10:43:22


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