Taught course

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second-class honours degree or overseas equivalent in an appropriate discipline, which may include humanities or science subjects. You should provide transcripts or study plans indicating performance on the most relevant course content.

Applicants may also be accepted based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience that meets the University's central requirements.

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

Months of entry


Course content

Our taught MSc in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) focuses on key topics from the 19th century to the present, and gives students a critical perspective on global challenges such as:

  • The history of climate change
  • Questions about trust and expertise
  • The relationship between information technology and society
  • Science, race and empire
  • The politics of public health and access to medical care

The degree focuses on humanities skills, but can be taken successfully by students from any disciplinary background.

Our flexible curriculum provides breadth and choice across the history of science, technology and medicine, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests.

The placement option allows you to gain transferable skills for employment by working with museums, charities, policy organisations and heritage bodies.

You will become an integrated member of a research community with dedicated facilities and a vibrant seminar programme.

You will learn from and work with world-leading staff, whose expertise encompasses political, social, and cultural approaches to the history of science, technology and medicine, from both national and global perspectives.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 543 4695