Studying the history and philosophy of science (HPS) is an ideal way to critically engage with science and its social and cultural significance. We observe not only the past but also contemporary theoretical and experimental developments in all areas of science and technology from a range of humanistic perspectives.
History and philosophy of science offers a balanced program of history, philosophy and social studies of science. Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from this multidisciplinary study.
HPS is particularly relevant for students hoping to make careers in science policy, science administration, science education and science reporting. However, any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from study in HPS.
Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:
History and philosophy of science can be studied as a major or minor in many undergraduate courses available at the university. Many science students undertake this subject when enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, or choose to study these subjects from the shared pool of majors available to many university courses.
Available in the courses above:
Working closely with an academic supervisor in a lively and supportive department, HPS honours students gain experience in formulating a research question and producing a substantial piece of original research over the course of a year.
Research the big questions in history and philosophy of science by doing a research degree, such as a:
Annie Handmer - Master of Science (History and philosophy of science)