The PhD programme in History of Science aims to train high level researchers in the fields of history of science, technology and medicine. Its privileged interdisciplinary status, research into history of science provides an essential link to overcoming the barriers that separate humanistic and scientific culture in our society. For that reason students from a wide range of backgrounds are accepted in the programme where they are united by their interest in studying science-society relations.

The tools of analysis in this discipline, which take history as the centre, enable us to offer an original and informed view of the important role of science in today's society. This PhD programme has been designated the Quality Award continuously since 2003, a status that was also recognised by the Ministry of Education with the Excellence Award in 2011, which it still holds.

Candidate profile

This PhD program admits students with training in human sciences, social sciences, experimental and technological sciences or health sciences that meet the requirements of access to the doctorate program established by current legislation, and who are interesting in completing their training by acquiring advanced skills in research in the field of the history of science. The specific requirements of the program have been established to ensure a PhD student profile that maximizes the probabilities of success in the program. The candidate must have recognized experience in research, deep knowledge of conceptual frameworks and basic tools in History of Science and ability to assimilate new knowledge.


Professional opportunities

This PhD programme provides the following principal career options:

  • Academic career in history of science, technology and medicine.
  • Science didactics.
  • Museology, archive management and publishing.
  • Conservation and management of the scientific and cultural heritage.
  • Science communication.
  • Science journalism.
  • Management of scientific information.
  • Science popularisation.
  • Scientific terminology.

Objectives and justification

The PhD programme in History of Science aims to ensure that the PhD student has a broad and interdisciplinary overview of history of science. The general objectives are to prepare researchers and specialist lecturers in the history of science and to promote, encourage and stimulate lines of research related to history of science.

The general aim of the PhD programme in History of Science is the production of a doctoral thesis in the discipline in which the PhD students meets the following specific objectives:
  • Knowledge of the conceptual and methodological tools of the discipline, applied to a particular area of study or field.
  • Capacity for critical analysis and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Effective communication of the results of the scientific work to the academic and professional communities.
This PhD programme is a response to the historical importance of science, technology and medicine and also its importance today: history of science offers an broad overview of the processes that make up contemporary science, technology and medicine and is an excellent tool for analysing and understanding science and its social relationships, which complement scientific training by contributing humanistic and ethical perspectives, and anyone whose professional activity is linked to science, from communication and scientific dissemination to museology.


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IHC - Institut d'Història de la Ciència
Office MRC/331
Research Module C
Carrer de Can Magrans, s/n
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Phone: +34 93 586 8681

Department of Modern and Contemporary History
Office B7/1098
Building B
Carrer de la Fortuna, s/n
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)
Phone: +34 93 581 4829



Excellence Award

This PhD programme has been awarded the Favorable Accreditation seal by the Catalan Quality Agency (AQU). To obtain this accreditation, the following items have been assessed: quality of the training programme, relevance of public information, teaching staff, learning support systems, quality of the results of the training programme and the SGIQ. You can consult more information in the 'Quality' section of this page.

Number of places available: 25 (15 UAB & 10 UB)
Fees: aprox. €540 per year View detail of the PhD's fees

Languages in which the thesis may be written:
Catalan, English and Spanish.
Organising universities and institutions:

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona

Associated departments or institutes:
IHC - Institut d'Història de la Ciència

Collaborating institutions:
Institució Milà i Fontanals del Consell Superior d'Investigacions Científiques de Barcelona (IMF-CSIC)
Museu d'Història de la Medicina de Catalunya (MHMC)
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) (UPMC)
Universidad de Málaga (UMA)
Arts and Humanities

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