Masters and PhDs in the History of Science, Technology and
Medicine at Manchester

The University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science,
Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) invites applications for postgraduate
study and research in 2009/10 on its Masters and PhD Programmes. We will
have up to six bursaries available: four ESRC 1+3 or +3 fees + bursary
awards; one Wellcome Trust fees + bursary award and one fees bursary;
and possible AHRC Quotas. There will an Open House afternoon on 25 March
2009 for prospective students to learn about all aspects of our teaching
and research.

This one-year (two years part-time) degree provides students with a deep
understanding of historical, cultural and political issues in science,
technology and medicine with a strong emphasis on the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. The programme offers awards in the history of
science, technology and medicine; in the history of medicine (for
intercalating medical undergraduates and for those particularly
interested in the history of medicine) and in science communication
(taught in conjunction with Manchester Museums).

CHSTM has a thriving postgraduate research community. We always welcome
applicants interested in undertaking postgraduate research. We expect
PhD applicants to have a strong background in the history of science,
technology and/or medicine: for instance, a good taught Masters-level
qualification in the subject, or considerable exposure to HSTM at
undergraduate level. We currently have fifteen full-time and five
part-time research students, see the current list of research students
and their projects for the doctorates underway:

The CHSTM programmes have a long history of attracting a diverse and
interdisciplinary group of postgraduate students. Well qualified
students from all backgrounds (including humanities, social sciences as
well as science and engineering) are welcome. As detailed above, we will
have up to six bursaries available.

CHSTM is an internationally acclaimed institution with excellent
research links within Europe (e.g. with centres at Berlin, Madrid, Oslo,
Paris, Strasbourg, Vienna and Zurich) and more widely (e.g. with the
University of California at San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University,
University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Princeton as well as McGill-Queens
and McMaster University). CHSTM’s particular strength is the
interdisciplinary study of the modern history of science, technology and
medicine, which it investigates with the help of major research funding
from the Wellcome Trust, the ESRC and AHRC as well as networking grants
from the European Science Foundation. The Centre is based within
Manchester’s top-rated Faculty of Life Sciences and maintains productive
links with the successful school for arts, histories and cultures as
well as other departments and faculties within the University.

CHSTM is particularly well-known for its work on the history of
bacteriology (Michael Worboys); industrial medicine and the NHS (John
Pickstone); infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and hospital
infections (Flurin Condrau); forensic medicine and science (Ian Burney),
the medical history and anthropology of Africa (Lyn Schumaker);
environmental health and the economic history of climate change
(Vladimir Jankovic); agriculture and science (Jonathan Harwood), nuclear
science and nuclear Britain (Jeff Hughes); and computers (James Sumner).
We have a growing interest in Science Communication, where our work
concentrates on science in films (David Kirby) and, together with
Manchester museums, museology (Sam Alberti). Complementing our core
staff is a lively and  substantial group of fifteen postdoctoral
researchers and ten PhD students who all have an excellent success rate
attracting external funding, and go on to take up appointments in the
leading research universities in Britain and the US.

For admission, an Upper Second-class honours degree, or the overseas
equivalent, is normally required. An applicant may also be exceptionally
accepted based on evidence of previous advanced study, research or
professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying for
entry. Medical students may apply to the programme for an intercalated
degree after successfully completing four years of undergraduate medical
training. For admission, a strong performance at first degree level is
required. As funding deadlines are approaching, applicants are advised
to complete the relevant application materials as soon as possible.
Please contact the Programme Director, Dr Flurin Condrau, CHSTM,
University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, email:
[email protected], +44 (161) 2755861.

Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second Open House afternoon on
Wednesday, 25 March. This will give all potential applicants an
opportunity to learn about the application process, course structure,
operation and progression; funding, and careers, and about opportunities
for progression to PhD.  The afternoon will be informal and there will
be a chance to meet current and past Masters students. A limited number
of travel bursaries are available; please let us know in advance if you
wish to apply for support. For additional information about CHSTM, visit
the Centre’s website: Manchester’s
postgraduate application procedure can be accessed at: