The School of Historical Studies <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/> at Newcastle University is pleased to advertise between 2 and 4 Masters Studentship Awards for postgraduate study in Newcastle’s Wellcome Trust recognised MA programme in the History of Medicine <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/postgrad/taught/ma_medicine.htm> during the academic year 2008-9. The closing date for applications is 14 April 2008.
The stipends for these awards will be set as follows: EITHER c. £5,000 (including home/EU-fees) for full-time home/EU students; OR £10,000 (including international fees) for non-EU students of outstanding merit. Part time studentships will be awarded to meritorious applicants at c. half the above rate per annum. The studentships are funded by the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/medicine/index.htm> and will be available as of September 2008. The Centre is a partnership between the Universities of Newcastle and Durham, and is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Successful applicants would join the postgraduate community based at the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University. Postgraduate teaching and research supervision in the History of Medicine at Newcastle is delivered by scholars with established international reputations in the field.
The MA in the History of Medicine incorporates 3 compulsory formal research training components (30 credits), during which students develop research skills and methodologies; a compulsory core module ‘Introduction to the History of Medicine’ (30 credits), and 2 special study options (60 credits); and culminates in the completion of an intensively researched 14,000 word dissertation (60 credits). Study consists mainly of seminars, tutorials and independent learning. The programme provides the necessary research training that will either link into further PhD and postgraduate academic study, or act as a stand alone MA. Candidates who have successfully completed the programme will be eligible to take part in the annual Wellcome Trust PhD studentship competition. The MA also provides the key skills and training for a wide range of careers both within and outside of Higher Education.
Eligibility: Applications for the studentship are invited from highly motivated graduates from various backgrounds including the Humanities and Social Sciences (e.g. History, Classics, Philosophy, Literature, Religious Studies, Archaeology, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology etc.). Applicants require a good (or predicted) undergraduate degree result (1st or high 2:1) in such a subject. Candidates with a medical background are also encouraged to apply, and the studentship is open to current stage 4 Newcastle medical students who have opted to take the MA in the History of Medicine as an intercalated degree after stage 4 MBBS. Applications from overseas candidates with equivalent qualifications are also very welcome.
Application procedure: In order to be considered for this competition, applicants must first have secured a place in the programme by completing and submitting the University’s online postgraduate application form <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/applicationforms.phtml> for the MA in the History of Medicine and receiving written confirmation of acceptance to the programme. Once this is the case, applicants are asked to send: i) a CV; ii) a personal statement and letter of application outlining reasons for wanting to pursue postgraduate study in the history of medicine at Newcastle and highlighting specific research interests (max 300 words), and iii) references from two academic referees. Applications should be sent to the Postgraduate Secretary, Ms Sandra Fletcher, School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, to arrive no later than 14 April 2008.
Any applicant offered an MA place additionally has the option to apply for UK Research Council funding if eligible, and if applying before the relevant deadline (NB the deadline for applications to the AHRC via the School of Historical Studies is February 22nd 2008). However, if successful in both that competition and the NCHM competition applicants would not be able to hold both awards
For specific inquiries about the studentships and about the MA programme please contact:
Dr Jonathan Andrews Degree Programme Director, MA in History of Medicine School of Historical Studies & Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, Newcastle University Armstrong Building Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU tel: (direct) 0191 222 5756; (switchboard, Newcastle) 0191 222 6000 email: <[email protected]>
For information about postgraduate study in the School of Historical Studies <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/historical/postgrad/> contact the School’s Postgraduate Secretary, Mrs Sandra Fletcher, at <[email protected]>, tel. (+)44.191.2227966. General information regarding postgraduate study at Newcastle University <http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/>