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

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13455
    Tuition (Year)
    3739
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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.
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About

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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following CAE score:

  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

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Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13455 International
  • EUR 3739 EU/EEA

EU £3,390 Non EU £12,200

Funding

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