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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Science, History and Society

Programme code:MA-SH&S-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof. Gregory Radick Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a bachelor degree with a 2.1 honours (or equivalent) in History or a related subject such as a science or social science, or a degree that includes modules in history of science, technology or medicine.

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 history of science is an exciting discipline, which seeks to understand how different ideas, technologies and practices came into being and how they have shaped the world around us. The MA in Science, History & Society will offer students the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics and themes in the history of science, to develop their skills in researching, debating and presenting historical work, and to pursue their own research interests with support from expert staff in the Centre for History & Philosophy of Science at Leeds. Students will also have the option to undertake a placement with a regional organisation that will enable students to link scholarship and research to regional and societal needs, skills, issues and debates, and gives an opportunity to find out how non-academic organisations operate in the region, as well as adding transferrable skills in negotiation and communication.

Through various modules that explore key topics, methodologies, skills and practices, the programme will:
i) provide students with an overview of major themes in science’s history and position in society.
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 optional module;
v) allow students to extend their understanding of science, by combining its history with selected philosophical approaches by taking optional modules;
vi) allow students to acquire practical skills and work experience by doing a placement with a relevant non-academic organisation;
vii) 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:

HPSC5151MMaking Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC5202MBig Issues in History of Science, Technology and 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:

HIST5231MMedicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries30 creditsNot running in 202425
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsNot running in 202425
HIST5875MLifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages30 creditsNot running in 202425
HPSC5171MTopics in the Philosophy of Physics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC5450MPerspectives on Mind, Brain & Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC5601MHistory & Theory of Modern Science Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC5800MThe Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic)30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC5970MHistory and Philosophy of Technology30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL5860MPhilosophy of the Social Sciences30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL5960MTopics in the Philosophy of Biology30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS5000MExternal Placement30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:09:00


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