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MSc History and Philosophy of Science

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
18670 GBP
National
9020 GBP
EU
75 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
EU 75 GBP
Department
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

This programme offers breadth across a wide range of historical and philosophical themes. It also encourages intensive investigation and specialisation:

  • Survey nearly 3,000 years of scientific ideas and communities
  • Probe the inner workings of science's methods and theories
  • Combine the two for an integrated, interdisciplinary understanding

The programme provides broad-based training in history of science, philosophy of science, and “integrated history and philosophy of science,” a speciality we helped to create. The historical coverage is broad, from antiquity to the present. The philosophical coverage is broad, too, from causality and the philosophy of medicine to the metaphysics of chemistry and computer science.

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Eligibility Criteria

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: TBC

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Course Modules

Core Module
Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
Optional modules

  • Students choose four options from the following:
  • Science in the 19th Century
  • Material Culture and Science in the 18th Century
  • Early Modern Science
  • Medieval Science and Medicine in Global Perspective
  • Science in Antiquity
  • Causality, Mechanism, and Classification in Science
  • Knowledge, Evidence, and Explanation in Science
  • Science, Art, and Philosophy
  • Special Topics Seminar in History and Philosophy of Science
  • One optional module from our sister MSc programme, Science, Technology, and Society,
  • may be substituted here provided it contributes to a coherent programme of study.
  • Ancillary Modules
  • Students choose three ancillary modules which may be options from our degrees,
  • e.g. Science in the 20th Century and Beyond, and Curating the History of Science
  • or they might be selected from any other programme at UCL.
  • Module descriptions can be found on the STS website

Dissertation
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and research supervision. Student performance is assessed through coursework such as long and short essays, advocacy work, and project work.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • See a list of what you need to apply.
  • Please note that references must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered.

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