The largest university department of its kind in the UK, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science has an outstanding international reputation for teaching and research.
The Department offers an MPhil in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine, with approximately 25 students per year. PhD students at any one time total approximately 45. There are also a number of Research Fellows and Visiting Scholars attached to the Department.
The Department is a major centre for teaching and research in the history of medicine. Expertise in this field covers an exceptionally wide range, from antiquity to the present, from the medieval universities to the postwar laboratory sciences, from anatomy to psychoanalysis. The Department's programme in the history of medicine has been recognised by a strategic award from the Wellcome Trust.
The Peter Lipton Prize was endowed in memory of Professor Peter Lipton, a former Head of Department, who died in 2007. It is awarded each year for the best overall performance in the History and Philosophy of Science Part III course.
The Tamara Hug Fund is in honour of Tamara Hug, the first Departmental Administrator for the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, who is retiring at the end of March 2021 after 33 years in service.
As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, the Department is establishing the HPS 50th Anniversary Fund to offer financial support to postgraduate students, whose research will shape the future of our discipline.
The Whipple Museum holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present. As well as being open to the public, it is regularly used by the Department's staff and students for teaching and research.
The School of the Humanities and Social Sciences is concerned with human behaviour, its history and continuing development through the study of archaeology, anthropology, politics and international studies, sociology, economics, history, the philosophy of science, law, criminology and land economy.