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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


These pages contain information for students taking the NST Part III course in History and Philosophy of Science.

For an introduction to studying History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge please see our undergraduate study pages.

In this section:

HPS Part III 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 and Part III 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 course work
    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 and Part III 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
    Dr Helen Curry, Part III course manager, 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 Part III students' guide, which will be updated before the start of Michaelmas Term.

Instant feedback

Students are welcome to use our instant feedback form at any time throughout the year to comment on lectures, supervisions and other aspects of teaching.