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Faculty of Arts and Humanities
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Durham University's Department of Philosophy, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease and School for Health are pleased to announce their Taught MA Programme in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (HPSM). The university has state of the art facilities located in and around the city. There is also the newly built Wolfson Research Institute on the waterfront of Queen’s Campus at Stockton-on-Tees where the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease has its offices. The Department of Philosophy, the main site where students take most of their modules, is located in an attractive eighteenth-century building in the centre of Durham, close to lecture rooms, the university library and computer labs.
The interdisciplinary MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine combines historical and philosophical approaches to medicine and science. In particular, it provides students with a deeper understanding of historical, cultural and philosophical issues in science and medicine from Antiquity up to the present day. One of its primary aims is to show students how the humanities are relevant to a deeper understanding of past and present medical and scientific issues. The breadth of the course’s methods ranges from socio-cultural models to analytical approaches.
The HPSM Programme 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.
HPSM students are required to complete two core modules (Research Methods and Resources and Philosophical Issues in Science and Medicine), complete a dissertation and choose two elective modules.