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PhD History of Science & Medicine

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

39800 USD
39800 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of History
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)326
GMAT (avg)720

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About this course

The History of Science and Medicine Program (HSHM) is a semi-autonomous graduate track within the Department of History. HSHM students are awarded degrees in History, with a concentration in the History of Science and Medicine; they are fully fledged members of the History Department.

Students in the History of Science and Medicine come from diverse educational backgrounds, and they pursue a wide range of topics. Successful applicants will sometimes have experience in scientific, technical, or clinical subjects that are not ordinarily part of preparation for graduate study in History. The faculty considers all qualifications when evaluating applicants.

The HSHM program offers opportunities for students to pursue research spanning the full range of the history of science and history of medicine. Instruction is offered in small seminars, and students receive advice and guidance from faculty advisers throughout the entire period of enrollment. The Program provides many opportunities for professional development in teaching, research, publication, and presentation.

Methodological training is expansive and interdisciplinary. Students work with all kinds of sources—texts, instruments, artifacts, interviews—and incorporate social, cultural, political, geographic, and economic analysis. Students are also encouraged to draw on other disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, literature, philosophy, and the contemporary natural and social sciences.

One special advantage of graduate study at Yale is a library system that is among the best in the world. The Medical Historical Library contains renowned collections and rare works in the history of medicine and related sciences, and the university library system as a whole has exceptional depth in original sources for all major sciences and technological systems.

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Eligibility Criteria

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100
  • TOEFL-PBT: 600
  • GRE: 326

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Course Modules

Students will ordinarily take twelve courses during the first two years. All students will normally take the three core “Problems” seminars: Problems in History of Science, Problems in History of Medicine, and Problems in Science Studies. In addition, students will take four graduate seminars in history of science or medicine and at least one graduate course in a field of history outside of science or medicine. The remaining courses can be taken in history of medicine or science, history, science, or any other field of demonstrated special relevance to the student’s scholarly objectives. Two of the twelve courses must be graduate research seminars in the History of Science and Medicine.

During the first two years of study, students must achieve Honors in at least two courses in the first year and Honors in at least four courses by the end of the second year, with a High Pass average overall. If a student does not meet this standard by the end of the first or second year, the relevant members of the department will consult and promptly advise the student whether the student will be allowed to register for the fall of the following academic year.

Students who enter having previously completed graduate work may obtain up to three course credits toward the completion of the total course requirement, the amount being contingent on the extent and nature of the previous work and its fit with their intended course of study at Yale.

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How to Apply

  • Application for admission to the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for all degree and non-degree programs is an online process.
  • All documents in support of your application must be uploaded to your application. This includes all required materials such as your personal statement of purpose and transcripts. No materials are to be mailed to the Graduate School or to your designated program of study.
  • Recommenders submit their letters of recommendation for you online. Once you identify a recommender they will receive an email providing instructions and access information.
  • You have the ability to work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready.
  • You have the ability to “track” the receipt of standardized test scores and recommendations as soon as you have submitted your application forms.
  • After submission, you may print a PDF copy for your own use that will look exactly like the image made available to the faculty for review online.
  • Applications received on or before the deadline of the program to which you are applying are made available, in image form, to your designated program to review after the deadline of your program.
  • Application accounts created or started but not submitted by the deadline of your respective program will be deleted prior to the start of the new application cycle (early August of each year). Application data and any associated supplemental materials are not retained.

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