Study at Oxford

 

The History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (HSMT) at the University of Oxford is part of the History Faculty, one of the world’s largest history departments.  Oxford HSMT is uniquely broad in our chronological and geographical expertise: we cover HSMT from the Ancient World to the modern era, and do so on a global scale.  We have particular expertise in the history of global and colonial medicine, and in the history of science and technology from 1500 to 1900; we benefit from close links with Museum of the History of Science, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Ashmolean Museum.  More details on the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology can be found here.

The general deadline for PG applications (one- and two-year Master’s; Doctorate) is 19 January 2018

We encourage those interested in applying to contact us with any questions (hsmt@history.ox.ac.uk).  Applicants are also encouraged to contact potential supervisors. 

MSc/MPhil in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology

The Master of Science in History of Science, Medicine and Technology is convened by the History Faculty. This specialist one-year programme offers a range of options in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. Students may specialise in the history of science and technology, or the social history of medicine, although the boundaries between these areas are deliberately permeable.

The expertise of scholars in Oxford covers most of the main areas and periods of the history of science, medicine, and technology. A varied programme of seminars, lectures, and conferences enables graduate students to obtain knowledge of subjects beyond their chosen speciality and to meet visitors from elsewhere in Britain and abroad. 

Masters Funding

Alongside eligibility for a Wellcome Award in the area of medical humanities, Master’s students can apply for the Oxford HAPP Scholarship in the History of Science, and all applicants who submit by the 19 January 2018 deadline will be automatically considered for Oxford Clarendon Scholarships.  Applicants may need to provide further details to be eligible for a number of specific scholarships for master’s degrees in History.   

MPhil Scholarship in the History of Science

 

St Cross College

St Cross College invites applications for a MPhil Scholarship in the History of Science from students who will begin studying at the University of Oxford in the academic year 2018-2019 for an MPhil in History of Science, Medicine and Technology. Applicants must list St Cross College as their first choice college on their Graduate Admissions application in order to be eligible to apply for this Scholarship - preference will be given to candidates with an interest in the history of physics for their MPhil dissertation topic.

For Further information: http://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/funding-support/happ-mphil-scholarship-history-science 

DPhil in the History of Science and Medicine

The DPhil is an advanced research degree, awarded on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination. The thesis will be based on extensive original research and engagement with current scholarship. DPhil students are expected to submit their thesis three, or at most four, years from the date of admission. 

All research students in the Oxford History Faculty benefit from the advice of a specialist supervisor or supervisors, and all are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of expertise available within the Faculty and the University more widely.  

As a DPhil student, you will have many opportunities to present your work and to share ideas through the Faculty’s wide and varied range of research seminars. You are also encouraged to gain valuable experience by establishing and convening your own networks and workshops. DPhil students in the History Faculty may also gain experience in teaching and lecturing through the Introduction to Teaching scheme.

 

 

Doctoral Funding

Alongside Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarships, applicants who submit by the 19 January 2018 deadline will also be considered for Oxford Clarendon Scholarships, and applicants are also eligible to apply for Ertegun Scholarships in the Humanities.  Applicants may need to provide further details to be eligible for a number of specific scholarships for research degrees in HistoryWellcome Studentships are also available to applicants in the area of medical humanities.

Jane Willis Kirkaldy Junior and Senior Prizes

Junior Prize

The Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology gives notice that the Junior Prize of £300 will be offered for competition in Michaelmas Term. At its discretion, the Committee may award a proxime accessit prize.

The Junior Prize is open to all undergraduate members of the University and to those who, at the deadline for the submission of the essays, are within one term of having completed the examination for an undergraduate degree of the University, provided that the Junior Prize shall not be awarded a second time to the same person, nor shall a person who has been awarded the Junior Prize receive on any subsequent occasion a proxime accessit award to the Junior Prize. A person who has received a proxime accessit award to the Junior Prize may, however, be eligible to be awarded the Junior Prize for a different piece of work on a subsequent occasion.

Candidates are invited to submit an essay of the order of 10,000 to 15,000 words, on a topic concerning the history of science or technology. The history of science will be taken in this instance to include the history of medicine. Candidates are advised to state the principal sources whence their information has been obtained.  Candidates are to note that essays should be specifically historical in their approach and versions of essays previously submitted as undergraduate dissertations should be revised in order to meet the specifications of the Prize.  Candidates are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the prize, at kirkaldy@history.ox.ac.uk, for further guidance prior to submitting.

The prize money shall be spent on books, unless the express consent of the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology is given to the contrary.

Essays should be emailed to the coordinator of the Prize, at kirkaldy@history.ox.ac.uk, not later than Friday, Week 8 Trinity Term.

A copy of the entry that wins the Junior Prize is to be deposited in the library of the Museum of the History of Science.

Senior Prize

The Committee for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology gives notice that the Senior Prize of £300 will be offered for competition in Michaelmas Term. At its discretion, the Committee may award a proxime accessit prize.

The Senior Prize is open to all members of the University registered as students for the degree of MSc, MLitt, MSt, MPhil or DPhil in the University and who are not eligible to enter for the Junior Prize. The Senior Prize may not be awarded to the same person twice, nor may a piece of work submitted at any time for the Junior Prize be submitted at the same time or subsequently for the Senior Prize, nor shall a person who has been awarded the Senior Prize receive on any subsequent occasion a proxime accessit award to the Senior Prize. A person who has received a proxime accessit award to the Senior Prize may, however, be eligible to be awarded the Senior Prize for a different piece of work on a subsequent occasion.

Candidates are invited to submit an essay of the order of 10,000 to 15,000 words, on a topic concerning the history of science or technology. The history of science will be taken in this instance to include the history of medicine. Candidates are advised to state the principal sources whence their information has been obtained.  Candidates are to note that essays should be specifically historical in their approach and must be self-contained (i.e., not a chapter of a thesis).  Dissertations should be revised in order to meet the specifications of the Prize.  Candidates are encouraged to contact the coordinator of the prize, at kirkaldy(at)history.ox.ac.uk, for further guidance prior to submitting.  

The prize money shall be spent on books, unless the express consent of the Committee for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology is given to the contrary.

Essays should be emailed to the coordinator of the Prize, at kirkaldy@history.ox.ac.uk, not later than the first Monday of October.

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