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This Science, History and Society course at University of Leeds examines scientific knowledge and its medical and technological applications. You’ll acquire a critical and analytical understanding of how science has developed, as well as how it has shaped the world we live in.

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You’ll be trained in research methods that are specific to history and the humanities, to develop narrative communication skills, and to critically analyse scientific knowledge production. You’ll also examine the big debates in the development and curation of science. The Science, History and Society course is offered at University of Leeds .

You’ll also have access to our excellent libraries and archives. In the Brotherton Library, our Special Collections include Newton’s Principia, a first edition of his Opticks plus rare books and journals from the 16th century onwards on topics such as astronomy, botany, medicine, physiology, chemistry, inventions and alchemy. You’ll also be able to explore the objects in our Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.


The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science has an excellent record of former students going on to a wide variety of careers and further study.

You’ll graduate from this course well-prepared for further study at PhD level, but also for a range of non-academic careers, for example at scientific foundations and institutions, in science communication and media, science policy, campaign groups and think tanks, public engagement via museums and heritage organisations, archival work, science PR and consultancy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Big Issues in History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • History and Philosophy of Science: Dissertation
  • History and Philosophy of Science: Extended Dissertation
  • Medicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in history or a related subject such as a science or social science, or a degree that includes modules in history of science, technology or medicine.
  • Our admissions team are experienced in considering a wide range of international qualifications. If you wish to discuss whether your qualifications will meet the necessary entry criteria, contact the School’s admissions team.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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