Official Master's Degree in History of Science: Science, History and Society


The master's degree in History of Science: Science, History and Society (UAB-UB) explores the social and historical dimension of science, technology and medicine. It studies examples from different disciplines and periods, from the origins of mathematics to molecular biology. The master's degree asks important questions about the evolution of science. How is scientific knowledge produced? How does it achieve social acceptance? What is the relationship between science and technology, and between the different sciences? Students are given ways to approach these questions and are trained to undertake historical research or scientific communication.

This is an inter-university master's degree (UAB-UB) with the participation of Pompeu Fabra University, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the Institució Milà i Fontanals, of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The lecturers are specialists in History of Science and have considerable teaching and research experience.

The master's degree offers two specialisations: research-oriented and professionally oriented. The research specialisation emphasises those competences needed for an academic career. The professional specialisation prepares students for working in areas such as science communication and popularisation, museology, and management of the scientific heritage. Both specialisations give access to Doctoral studies in History of Science.

This is the first official master's degree in history of science in Spain. It originates from the Inter-University Doctorate in History of Science, which received the Spanish Education and Science Ministry's award for quality.


Career options

The master's degree offers a singular perspective on science in society and promotes effective dialogue between the cultures of science and the humanities. This knowledge could be usefully applied in the following fields, among others.

  • Teaching History of Science; 
  • Research into History of Science; 
  • Teaching Science, at different stages of education; 
  • Teaching History, Philosophy and the Humanities, at stages of education; 
  • Museology and management of the scientific heritage; 
  • Archiving and librarianship in scientific contexts; 
  • Cultural management and the cultural industry; 
  • Science journalism and communication; 
  • Publishing and management of policies on science.

These professional prospects are testified to by the experiences of students of the Doctorate and the Master's Degree in History of Science with the following employers: museums like Cosmocaixa, the National Science and Technology Museum and the Museum of the History of Medicine of Catalonia; publishers like Prensa Científica or Obrador Edèndum; the Media, such as Catalunya Radio and TV3; the Area of Communication and Promotion of the UAB; and production companies like Smart Planet, among others.

Teaching timetable

Classes are held morning and afternoon at different venues. Please contact the detailed syllabuses of the modules.


25 places
Credits: 60 ECTS
Beginning of the pre-enrolment period 11/01/2019
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Pre-enrolment open
Price: €46.11 per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
€66 per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit). 2018/19 Academic year.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Language: Teaching may be in Catalan, Spanish or English.
Coordinator university: UAB
Other participating universities:

University of Barcelona

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