History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
The MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (HPSM) is a joint programme between Durham University's Department of Philosophy, the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, and the School of Medicine and Health.
This one-year (two years part-time) taught course will provide students with a deeper understanding of historical, cultural and philosophical issues in science and medicine from Antiquity up to the present day. Using socio-cultural models to analytical approaches its primary aim is to show how the intellectual vibrancy of the humanities is relevant to a deeper understanding of past and present medical and scientific issues.
The wide spectrum of academic staff from the Department of Philosophy and the School of Medicine and Health allows students to focus their papers on a wide variety of topics, some of which include bioethics and the history of medicine, the history and philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy.
Upon completion, the HPSM MA will give students the skills necessary for inter- and trans-disciplinary work that can be applied to future doctoral studies as well as to a broad range of other applications within the media, the public sector, NGOs, etc.
Graduate students from various backgrounds including arts and humanities subjects, science, and medicine (as an intercalated degree; applicants need to have successfully completed stage 4 - i.e. four years of medical training - of a qualifying medical degree at an approved university) with a high mark on their first degree (or equivalent) are encouraged to apply for the HPSM Programme.
The programme is primarily delivered at the Durham Campus, in the Department of Philosophy. Teachings are delivered in an attractive eighteenth-century building in the centre of Durham, close to lecture rooms, the university library and computer labs.
Application forms and information packs are available via:
- 2:1 Honours degree or International equivalent (i.e. GPA 3.2/4.0) in a relevant subject
- Two academic references
- Satisfactory English Language Proficiency
- Good Personal Statement
- MA = 12 months