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Research Methods in History of Science, Technology & Medicine MSc - At the institution - Manchester - Greater Manchester
The course is designed to provides a comprehensive introduction to the nineteenth- and twentieth-century history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) in their wider social, economic, cultural and political contexts, and to the growing field of science communication. The programme also incorporates extensive training in quantitative and qualitative research methods used across the social sciences, including statistical analysis. A choice of specialised option unit in the second semester, and a dissertation project, allow students to conduct specialised study in areas of current research interest.
Entry requirements: An Upper Second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. An applicant may also be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying for entry.
Research Methods in History of Science, Technology & Medicine MSc
This programme is a development of our existing History of Science Technology and Medicine MSc. It places significantly greater emphasis on research methods and is more closely focused on developing a PhD project. The Masters programme has ESRC approval for funding applications. The programme is designed for students from backgrounds in the sciences, the social sciences and the humanities who wish to understand the historical development of science, technology and medicine and their roles in the modern world. It emphasises quantitative and qualitative research skills (to the level specified by the ESRC) and the practical techniques of historical research. It culminates in the use of primary historical materials and analysis in a comprehensive dissertation leading to a PhD application.
The common core, taught in Semester 1, provides a general grounding in the integrated field and incorporates two Research Methods courses: one, providing general historical skills, is taught through the SAGE programme in the Faculty of Humanities; the other, on specific HSTM methods, is taught within CHSTM.
Training in quantitative and qualitative research methods is developed across the programme. In Semester 2 students receive training in research issues and project design, and select one of our specialised option courses:
-Nineteenth-century Physical Sciences and Technology
-Nineteenth-century Biosciences and Medicine
-Twentieth-century Physical Sciences and Technology
-Twentieth-century Biosciences and Medicine
-Science, Nature, Museums
The dissertation provides an opportunity for a more extensive specialist investigation, working with a member of staff with research interests in a relevant area.