M.A.History & Philosophy of Science (Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)

Course 102-KE (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Course Overview:

The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in history, philosophy and sociology of science.The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.


Students who complete the masters will:

  • receive an induction into the research culture of history, philosophy and sociology of science;
  • develop a research project in the structured and collective environment of seminar discussions;
  • produce a shorter thesis at masters level with supervision and support in pursuing research questions.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • 2 elective subjects
Total points per year 100 - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Thesis subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Offered as Research
Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Not offered in 2009
Not offered in 2009
Entry Requirements:

A four year BA (Honours) degree with a research component or equivalent in the appropriate area of study or closely related area. The grade for the honours thesis component must be at least equivalent to an H2A (75%) at The University of Melbourne and the overall honours result must be at least equivalent to an H2B (70%).

Applicants must include with their application a 2,000 to 2,500 word thesis proposal and a writing sample (this may be an essay from your previous degree, a chapter from your Honours or Masters thesis or a published article). The primary basis for selection is academic merit, however, consideration will also be given to the quality of the thesis proposal, research potential, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Academic references may be required to assess the applicant's eligibility. (Note: The Master of Science by Advanced Seminar and Shorter Thesis is available to those who meet the Faculty of Science admission requirements).

Core Participation Requirements: -
Graduate Attributes: -
Generic Skills: -
Links to further information: www.social-environmental.unimelb.edu.au

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