Programme Specification: Part III History and Philosophy of Science
- to give students with relevant experience at Part II the opportunity to carry out focussed research in History and Philosophy of Science under close supervision;
- to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests;
- to enable students to acquire a critical and well informed understanding of the roles of the sciences in society;
- to help students intending to go on to doctoral work to acquire the requisite research skills and to enable them to prepare a well planned and focussed PhD proposal.
By the end of the course, students should have:
- developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen area of HPS and of the critical debates within it;
- acquired a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies;
- formed a critical view of the roles of the sciences in society;
- acquired or consolidated historiographic, philosophical, linguistic, technical and ancillary skills appropriate for research in their chosen areas;
- demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research;
- presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment.
Teaching and learning methods
The course is taught via:
lectures; personal study; weekly participation in the research seminar and regular participation in others of the department's 15 seminars and reading groups; regular one-to-one supervisions;
students requiring linguistic skills are directed to the relevant University language centre classes; students needing Latin are directed to the relevant classes in the Classics Faculty and take part in the Department's Latin Therapy group; students working on scientific instruments receive specialist training from the Museum Curator and Museum Staff;
Course performance is assessed on the basis of:
- a literature review of between 3,000-5,000 words; (aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-5)
- two set essays, each of not more than 2,500 words, excluding bibliography, from a list of topics drawn from those covered by the Advanced Seminar; (aims 1-3 and learning outcomes 1-5)
- a research paper of not more than 5,000 words including footnotes but excluding bibliography; (aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-5)
- a dissertation, of not more than 15,000 words including footnotes but excluding appendices and bibliography. (aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-5)
Courses of Preparation
The detailed entry requirements can be found at The Fourth Year - Part III.