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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


These pages contain information and advice for current students on the MPhil course in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.

For information about applying to become an MPhil student here please see our postgraduate study pages.

In this section:

MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine course changes for 2020–21

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

The changes are:

  • MPhil lectures
    The MPhil and Part III lectures will be delivered in person (so long as this is deemed safe) as seminars to small student groups that will be organised at the start of Michaelmas Term. Students will attend lectures/seminars with their group for the duration of the academic year. If students are unable to attend they should advise the course manager who will arrange for the lecture to be recorded.
  • Lectures and seminars
    All other HPS lectures and seminars will be delivered online. Some will be delivered live online at the scheduled date and time and recordings will be uploaded to Moodle within 48 hours of the lecture taking place. Others will be recorded in advance and the recording will be available to download from Moodle by the scheduled date and time. See the timetable for details of when lectures and seminars are scheduled to take place as well as the platform and method of delivery. It is important that you enrol for any lecture courses you wish to follow to ensure that you are given access to any online information for that course.
  • Submitted coursework
    There will be no change to the submitted coursework. Key dates and deadlines will also be the same.
  • Supervisions
    Supervisions will still be provided, although the format will be variable. Supervisions will normally take place in person. However, where a student or supervisor is shielding or it is not possible to meet in person, e.g. due to local lockdown measures being imposed, supervisions may take place online via Teams, Zoom or Skype.
  • Small group teaching
    Small group teaching such as MPhil working groups and dissertation seminars will, where possible, take place in person. Information about these will be circulated during the year.
  • Reading groups and other activities
    Reading groups and other activities will take place online or in person depending on demand (groups of 8–10 should be able to take place in person as long as a large enough room is available). Advice of mode of delivery will be circulated prior to the event.
  • Meetings with the course manager
    Drs Marta Halina and Staffan Müller-Wille, MPhil course managers, will have regular meetings with students to ensure that each student's programme of study is progressing well and to address any concerns at an early point.

For full details about this course, please review the MPhil students' guide, which will be updated before the start of Michaelmas Term.

Student Registry

The Student Registry has administrative responsibility for postgraduate students. You are advised to make yourself familiar with the information on its Cambridge students website, including the Code of Practice for Master's Students.


You should use CamSIS for administrative tasks such as updating your personal data (address, phone number etc) and reading your supervision reports.