Taught course

History of Science Technology and Medicine

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

An Upper Second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. An applicant may also be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying for entry.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative MSc programme aims to provide a comprehensive historical introduction to nineteenth- and twentieth-century science, technology and medicine in their wider social, economic, cultural and political contexts, including science communication and the relationship between science and the public. It also offers systematic training in historical approaches to a wide variety of scientific, technical and medical knowledge and practices. It is designed for students from a variety of disciplines. Currently we have students from arts, social science, natural sciences and engineering backgrounds on our programme. The programme is suitable for science graduates who have decided not to follow a career as a laboratory scientist, but who wish to stay in science and pursue other careers, and for humanities graduates interested in exploring the changing form and function of science, technology and medicine in societies past and present.

Information for international students

For MRes/MSc applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 [or TOEFL (paper) 577, TOEFL (computer) 233, TOEFL (internet) 90]. The University of Manchester's TOEFL code is 0757.

Fees and funding

Funding is available for well-qualified applicants via the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRC) and the Wellcome Trust. Other sources of funding may be available. Please refer to the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine website for further details: www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 161 275 5032
+44 (0) 161 275 5456