MSc studentships in the History of Medicine Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)

MSc studentships in the History of Medicine Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)

The University of Manchester

The Centre invites studentship applications for the History of Medicine route in our innovative 1-year MSc programme in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The studentship is funded out of our Wellcome Trust Strategic Award and pays fees plus maintenance.

The flexible structure of our MSc course allows students to study a wide range of case studies, from the emergence of professional scientific disciplines such as physics and biology, to the growth of ‘Big Science’ in the Cold war era, to the complex history of the National Health Service.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials. It combines a general introduction to the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) with a range of more specialised studies. Reflecting CHSTM’s established research strengths, these focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century cases. We particularly stress the integrated understanding of HSTM through consideration of sites, institutions, and schools of thought and practice. We also pay particular attention to how scientists and medics have communicated with non-specialist audiences.

The course promotes transferable skills in research, critical writing, presentation and discussion. Students will gain experience in historical essay-writing before researching and writing an extensive dissertation on a specialised topic, supervised by experienced researchers.

This MSc is appropriate for students from any disciplinary background. It works both as an advanced study course for students with undergraduate experience in HSTM, and as a conversion route for students from other backgrounds (often in the sciences, but also including general history, social policy, and other fields).

For further details on course structure and options, along with information on the further careers of some of our graduates, see

We also invite applications from candidates who intend to self-fund.
A 2-year part-time option is also available.

Please contact our MSc course director:
Dr Ian Burney