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History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

9 months
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31293 GBP/year
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About

The MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine offered by the University of Cambridge provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to explore topics across history and philosophy of science and medicine, laying deep foundations for further study, work, and public involvement.

Overview

The MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine offered by the University of Cambridge is a full-time one year course that provides students with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University. 

Students acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests, as well as a critical and well-informed understanding of the roles of the sciences in society. Those intending to go on to doctoral work learn the research skills needed to help them prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal. 

During the course students gain experience of presenting their own work and discussing the issues that arise from it with an audience of their peers and senior members of the Department; they attend lectures, supervisions and research seminars in a range of technical and specialist subjects central to research in the different areas of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.

The MPhil course is taught by lectures, supervisions, and seminars and assessed by three research essays and a dissertation.

The educational aims of the programme are:

  • to give students with relevant training at the first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine under close supervision
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests
  • to enable students to acquire a critical and well-informed understanding of the roles of the sciences in society
  • to help students intending to go on to doctoral work to acquire the requisite research skills and to prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen areas of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine and of the critical debates within them
  • acquired a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies
  • formed a critical view of the roles of the sciences in society

Skills and other attributes

By the end of the course, students should have:

  • acquired or consolidated historiographic, linguistic, technical and ancillary skills appropriate for research in their chosen area
  • demonstrated independent judgment, based on their own research
  • presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment

Programme Structure

Teaching

  • The MPhil programme is administered by the MPhil Manager, who meets all new MPhil students as a group in early October, then sees each of the students individually to discuss their proposed essay and dissertation topics. 
  • The Manager is responsible for finding appropriate supervisors for each of these topics; the supervisors are then responsible for helping the student do the research and writing needed for the essays and the dissertation. Students will see each of their supervisors frequently; the Manager sees each student at regular intervals during the year to discuss progress and offer help and advice.
  • Supervisions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to set their own agendas for their studies. The supervisor's job is to support the student's research, not to grade their work – supervisors are formally excluded from the examination process.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • History and Philosophy of Science - statement of purpose (upload) 
  • Sample of work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31293 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31293 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    15582 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15582 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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Funding

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