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History and philosophy of science

Discover a fascinating discipline situated at the cross-roads of science and arts.
Study science in its historical, philosophical and social contexts and examine how science differs from other forms of knowledge.

History and philosophy of science courses at Sydney.

You can study history and philosphy of science by choose a major, minor or electives in one of our courses.

Undergraduate courses

Majors and minors available in these courses:

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate research

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What is history and philosophy of science?

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.

Why study history and philosophy of science with us?

  • We have active research records that attract significant funding from both Australian and international sources. Publishing widely in our area of expertise and having attained international recognition for our research.
  • Our school regularly hosts researchers with international reputations, who contribute to the vibrant intellectual atmosphere.
  • History and philosophy of science allows students to stand back from the specialised concerns of their other subjects and gain some perspective on what science is, how it came to acquire its current form and how it fits into contemporary society.
  • We are invested in the future work prospects of all of our students, and are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability by theĀ 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Where can history and philosophy of science take you?

Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:

  • government, research and academia
  • journalism and science communication
  • scientific policy and reporting
  • science administration
  • science education