Taught course

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Durham University · Department of Philosophy

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. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Former students have gone on to attract major doctoral funding awards and jobs in the media, government and NGOs. The core teaching staff are attached to the Department of Philosophy, the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease (co-run with Newcastle University) and the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Modules are taught via lectures, seminars, personal tutorials and workshops. The diversity of staff research interests allows you to focus your research on a wide variety of topics, including historical, philosophical and/or cultural aspects of biology, biomedical ethics, the body, the environment, gender, medical humanities, medicine, and the physical sciences.

Course Structure

Core Modules

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

List B

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study..

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Department of Philosophy
(0)191 334 6553