Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science) offers a balanced introduction to the study of history, philosophy and social studies in science and medicine, including a wide range of senior units of study in the history, philosophy and sociology of the physical, biological and medical sciences.

The course will introduce the main accounts of the nature of science, and evaluate their usefulness in the analysis of specific episodes in the history of science. You may choose to focus on the philosophy of biomedical sciences, bioethics, or the history of medicine, or you may choose to work in the history and philosophy of the physical sciences, mathematics, or early modern science.

As part of your studies you will reflect on the place of science in modern society as well as the ethical implications of science. Upon completion of this course you will have acquired a combination of basic research skills and the ability to identify and examine the conceptual and social dimensions of science, technology and medicine using a variety of scholarly techniques.

The attendance pattern for this course is part-time only.

Course outline

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Study plan


The course is completed normally over the course of two semesters on a part time basis only.

You will complete a total of 24 credit points (cp) from the following units of study (6cp each): HPSC4104, HPSC4102, HPSC4103,

HPSC4108 is compulsory for, and available only to those students who have not completed a major in history and philosophy of science or equivalent.

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 12 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to master's degrees or graduate diplomas in a related discipline. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science) can inform many career paths. Science and medical policy, science journalism, science communication and the management of science and medicine are just some of the areas in which our graduates work. Many of our former students have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. In addition, postgraduate programs can provide career enhancement for those whose previous technical training does not meet their current job needs.

Further study

Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through an honours program, a Master of Science by research or a PhD. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies.

Other study options

It is possible for non-degree students to enrol in a unit of study (subject)
offered in the Faculty of Science without being enrolled in an award course (degree). This provides a valuable opportunity for professionals to update their knowledge to enhance career pathways or for personal interest. Non-degree students pay full tuition fees, take the unit of study with award course students, and are assessed at the same level. Non-degree applicants meet the same prerequisites as students enrolled in an award course at the University of Sydney (or have completed equivalent units of study at another institution) to be able to enrol in any particular unit of study.

More information about non-degree study:
http://sydney.edu.au/science/fstudent/undergrad/course/nondegree.shtml

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students,
subject to the approval of the Dean. Cross-institutional candidates are
enrolled in an award course at another university and have approval from
their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be
credited toward their degree.

More information about cross-institutional study:
http://sydney.edu.au/science/fstudent/undergrad/course/cross.shtml

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science) requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical Science or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Liberal Studies, or any bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science).