Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc
This MSc focuses on the inter-relationships between science, technology, medicine, society, human culture and the natural world. The programme brings together scientific ideas that have shaped contemporary life, and critiques and analysis offered by a broad range of thinkers from the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
The programme aims to acquaint students with the content of science, technology, medicine as an interdisciplinary field of enquiry, encouraging an appreciation of historical, social scientific and philosophical discourse. It promotes critical thinking using tools from history, philosophy and sociology, and students develop key skills in research, criticism and debate.
The London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, the consortium of the two departments offering this MSc degree, brings together a great number of leading experts.
The Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc taps into the London Centre's strengths in science and technology policy, sociology of science, and science communication.
Combined with the rich resources available through UCL and Imperial College London and the many nearby libraries, museums and scientific societies, the London Centre offers an unrivalled setting for training and research in the area of history and social studies of science, technology and medicine.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (45 credits) three optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (45 credits).
An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
Introduction to Historical, Social and Philosophical Studies
Ideas of Health and Sickness in Industrial Society
The Sciences in the Age of Industry, 1750-1920
Philosophy of Science
Science, Medicine and Technology in the Twentieth Century
Sociology of Science and Technology
Science, Governance and the Public
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The core course requires attendance in two-hour lectures four days a week, and also some small-group tutorials. The rest of the programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and research supervision. Student performance is assessed through long and short essays, examination and the dissertation.