The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester offers a fully funded studentship for graduate study in the history of the biological sciences and/or medicine. These studentships are open to all suitably qualified UK and European Union candidates.
The Centre’s main objective is to provide high quality, comprehensive educational and training opportunities that are compatible to changing needs of the students.
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Course Level: Studentships are awarded for pursuing a graduate programme.
Study Subject: Studentships are awarded in the history of biology or medicine.
Scholarship Award: These studentships cover all course fees at the UK/EU rate and provide an annual living allowance which was set at £14 210 for 2015-16 and will rise slightly for 2016-17. Funds have also been committed to ensuring that appropriate training and research support is provided.
Scholarship can be taken at: UK
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for scholarship:
The studentships are open to all suitably qualified UK and European Union candidates. University regrets that they cannot at present extend the scheme to non-UK/EU students who would pay fees at the international rate. The studentships are available for full-time study only, and candidates must be available to begin their studies in September 2016.
The requirements for the two schemes are as follows:
(a) Masters plus Ph.D. study. The studentships are aimed at highly motivated students with a strong commitment to proceeding through the MSc to Ph.D. research at CHSTM. The requirements for a studentship are higher than those for acceptance on the Master’s programme overall. We will consider all bursary applicants with a First-class undergraduate degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject such as history, science studies/STS, museology or science communication. However, we will also consider other applicants who can demonstrate the strong aptitude for historical or related work through their study backgrounds or professional experience.
Applicants must also demonstrate a clear interest in the history of the biological sciences and/or medicine after 1800, and should preferably have ideas about a preferred research supervision area (see details for the scheme (b) below).
Please note that progression from MSc to the funded Ph.D. is not automatic, but will depend on successful performance in the MSc year and the development of a viable research plan.
(b) Ph.D. study. Applicants should have a Masters level qualification, at Distinction or Merit level or international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as HSTM, medical humanities, history, science studies/STS, museology or science communication, and should have experience in producing a research dissertation.
Applicants will also need to have thought carefully about a potential Ph.D. research project, and should have discussed this with one or more potential supervisors at CHSTM to ensure its viability. The proposed area of study should be explained in the ‘Case for support’
Nationality: These studentships are open to all suitably qualified UK and European Union candidates.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: Masters plus Ph.D. study. This scheme is open to students with an undergraduate qualification.
Ph.D. study. This scheme is open to students with a relevant Masters level qualification.
English language/ Test Requirements:
- IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0TOEFL IBT – overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.
- TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757
- Scores are valid for 2 years.
- For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, their test score is valid for 2 years preceding the date that their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is issued. CAS statements will be issued from June-September 2016.
How to Apply: Please send all documents together as email attachments to Samantha Franks, Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office.
Supporting Material: All applicants should complete the application form provided on the accompanying website and submit it as described below,
- Together with a current CV, 1 to 2 pages in length
- Certificates and transcripts of performance from all their previous degrees
- Two references from people who have knowledge of their academic ability.
Application Deadline: Studentship application deadline is 27 May 2016.