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PhD/MPhil History of Science, Technology and Medicine University of Manchester



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Programme description

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) is one of the largest groups in Britain dedicated not only to studying the history of science, technology and medicine but also science communication and medical humanities. The Centre is a focus for HSTM in the University, and helps draw together the work of staff in other discipline areas who work on similar and related themes. We have wide expertise and are home to a critical mass of researchers able to supervise many different types of project.

PhD or MPhil research in CHSTM allows students to develop expert status through detailed study of a clearly-defined case study in the history of science, technology or medicine, or science communication, whilst gaining broad professional skills in research, analysis and presentation. PhD students play an important role in the intellectual and social life of the Centre and contribute extensively to seminars, reading groups and conferences.

CHSTM research students enjoy some of the best study facilities of any comparable unit in the UK. Where possible we provide a dedicated desk with PC and storage space in our Centre for all full-time research students. Students have full access to a specialist library located within CHSTM, and are within five minutes' walk of the main University Library with its impressive special collections holdings. The Manchester area with its libraries, archives and museums is exceptionally rich in resources for the historical study of scientific, medical, technological and industrial change.

Teaching and learning

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one year (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

International applicants interested in this research area can also consider the our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .

This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD/MPhil History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

£19,500.00 (20,03,980) per year




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Manchester.

Alumni Fund PhD Award in Social Cohesion, Regenerative Medicine, Science & Society, Cancer 2015.

Value of scholarship

8,22,146 - 16,44,291

Application details:

Please contact the relevant faculty administrator. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science: Lee Wilkinson Academic Services Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 8990 Email: Faculty of Humanities: Anusarin Lowe Postgraduate Resarch Administrator Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 3275 Email: Faculty of Life Sciences: Jessica Bowler Postgraduate Recruitment Officer Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 5537 Email: Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences: James Power Postgraduate Recruitment Officer Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 1436 Email:

Eligibility requirements:

Detailed requirements are determined by each Faculty. However, a high academic standard is required with an expected 2:1 or higher. Evidence of performance and anticipated graduation result may be requested during application process. This funding is available in all subject areas across the University. This funding is available to Full time students. This funding is available to all nationalities. This award can be held alongside other awards. Awards are reserved for current final-year undergraduate students at Manchester who are considering staying on for PhD study at the University, and also those who graduated from The University of Manchester within the last 4 years. Candidates must study in the following areas in any of the four faculties of the university: Social Cohesion, Regenerative Medicine, Science & Society, Cancer 2015. World Poverty or Carbon Reduction.

Who can apply:

All international

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