NOTE: This course is in phase-out mode and is no longer accepting applications for admisssion.
Current students needing assistance with course planning for completion of the course requirments should contact the Arts & Music Student Centre.
Teaching in the history and philosophy of science (HPS) began at the University of Melbourne in 1946. The program has developed since then to become the leading program in this discipline in Australia. History and philosophy of science offers students a learning environment that bridges the gap between the two cultures of science and the humanities. Students have the opportunity to explore historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology. This unique mix of literacies helps prepare students for a wide range of professional careers.
Teaching in history and philosophy of science is closely linked to current research, which ranges from the risks of gene technology and the social impact of new communication technologies, to the nature of scientific reasoning and a variety of historical projects.
The high profile enjoyed by the program, both nationally and internationally, attracts staff, students and visiting scholars of the highest calibre, to create a rich and vibrant culture of learning and research.