M.Sc. History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

University of Oxford

Application deadline: March
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,739 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,455 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The history of science is a long-established discipline in Oxford. Since 1925, the Museum of the History of Science in the Old Ashmolean Building has housed an outstanding collection of scientific instruments and a library of 18,000 items. The creation of the Chair of the History of Science and the Readership in the History of Medicine in the early 1970s gave added encouragement, and now Oxford has one of the largest communities of teachers, research fellows and graduate students in the history of science, medicine and technology in Britain. The history of medicine also enjoys broad support within history and other faculties, but research focuses especially on the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine.

The M.Phil. is a two-year programme and the M.Sc. a one-year programme. They offer a wide range of options and allow students to specialize in the history of science and technology, or the social history of medicine, although the boundaries between these areas are deliberately permeable.


Teaching and examination comprises three elements:

(1) The core qualifying papers

These two papers are taught in classes during Michaelmas Term, afforced by lectures on specific issues. The class convenors are requested to submit a report on each candidate's preparation and participartion in the weekly classes. Formal assessment is through a methodological essay of 3,000 words for each of the papers.

(2) A choice of Advanced Papers

Advanced papers are usually taught in small classes, mostly during Hilary Term. Assessment is usually by three-hour written examination, but candidates may choose to be assessed for up to half of their advanced papers by two extended essays of up to 5,000 words each. M.Sc. candidates offer two advanced papers, and M.Phil. candidates four, of which they may offer up to two in their first year.

(3) A dissertation

In the case of the M.Sc. a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on a topic of the student's choice, approved by her or his supervisor, and submitted at the end of the Long Vacation; in the case of the M.Phil. a dissertation of not more than 30,000 words on a topic of the student's choice, approved by her or his supervisor, and submitted at the beginning of Trinity Term in the candidate's second year.

Successful candidates often use these master's programmes as a preparation for further research, and they have been structured with this possibility in mind. It should be stressed, however, that the admission of any candidate to further study at Oxford will depend on his/her overall performance in the master's programme, together with the viability of any proposed research topic and the availability of appropriate supervision at Oxford.


  • The usual entry requirement is the completion of a university course with a high Upper Second Class degree or the equivalent. The degree may be in any branch of the humanities, social sciences, science, medicine, or engineering.
  • applicants for master´s degrees will be expected to have attained BA Hons equivalent before starting the programme (outside the UK, this normally entails at least four years of full-time study)
  • applicants for doctoral degrees will be expected to have completed a postgraduate master´s course or the equivalent before starting the programme (in European terms: M2 level)
  • applicants whose native language is not English must submit language test results
    • IELTS: an overall score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 in each component.
    • TOEFL: an overall score of 630 with a Test of Written English score of 5. - Applicants who have taken the computer-based TOEFL test must achieve an overall score of 267 with an essay-writing score of 5. - Applicants who have taken the new Internet-based TOEFL test must achieve an overall score of 109
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)


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