UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM NEW TAUGHT MA IN THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE (HPSM)
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMME The University of Durham’s Department of Philosophy, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease (CHMD), and School for Health are pleased to announce their new Taught Masters Programme (MA) in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (HPSM).
This one-year (two years part-time) programme will provide students with a deeper understanding of historical, cultural and philosophical issues in science and medicine from Antiquity up to the present day. Using socio-cultural models to analytical approaches its primary aim is to show how the intellectual vibrancy of the humanities is relevant to a deeper understanding of past and present medical and scientific issues.
The wide spectrum of academic staff from the Department of Philosophy and the School for Health allows students to focus their papers on a wide variety of topics, some of which include bioethics and the history and medicine, the history and philosophy of science, and environmental philosophy.
Upon completion, the HPSM MA will give students the skills necessary for inter- and trans-disciplinary work that can be applied to future doctoral studies as well as to a broad range of other applications within the media, the public sector, NGOs, etc.
The Wellcome Trust, London has been recognised this programme for its masters awards funding scheme.
The Philosophy Department received the highest mark in the 2001 teaching assessment (QAA 24 points) and the high evaluation of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
THE UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM The University of Durham is England’s third oldest university. A leading British research institution, its lecture halls and colleges are located in the historical district of Durham City, a world heritage site that also includes a Romanesque Cathedral and a Norman Castle. The university has state of the art facilities located in and around the city. There is also the newly built Wolfson Research Institute on the waterfront of Queen’s Campus at Stockton-on-Tees. The Department of Philosophy, the main site where students take most of their modules, is located in an attractive eighteenth-century building in the centre of Durham, close to lecture rooms, the university library and computer labs.
SPECIALITIES OF THE HPSM MA STAFF History and Philosophy of the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences History of Medicine and Public Health Medical Ethics and Bioethics History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought History and Philosophy of Sex and Gender History of the Body Science and Religion Philosophy of Mind Metaphysics and Science History and Philosophy of Psychology
ADMISSION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Graduate students from various backgrounds including arts and humanities ubjects, science, and medicine with a high mark on their first degree (or equivalent) are encouraged to apply for the HPSM Programme. For the University’s application procedure visit the University web page at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/. Space is limited, so please apply as soon as possible.
There are various sources of funding available for postgraduate study including The Wellcome Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and other bodies.
For application packs and related queries, please contact:Postgraduate Secretary, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, 50 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 4HN UK. Email: [email protected]
Additional information is available on the internet at: www.dur.ac.uk/hpsm.ma.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAMME PLEASE CONTACT one of the Course Directors: Dr Matthew D Eddy, Department of Philosophy, [email protected] Dr Lutz D H Sauerteig, School for Health, CHMD, [email protected]