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Study at CHM

Undergraduate students are not formally members of the Centre, but are welcome to join in with many Centre activities: there may be opportunities to develop research skills on bigger projects and public engagement activities (sometimes as paid research assistants); and final year students are encouraged to attend CHM's research seminars, especially if they are considering going on to postgraduate studies.

students at work in the CHM Hub

Postgraduate students in CHM can expect to be part of a thriving and supportive community of MA, MPhil and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff and the wide range of CHM Associate members and other contacts. There is a very good ‘collegiate’ atmosphere, with plenty of formal, informal, academic and social interaction.

The Centre offers PhD supervision for a wide variety of medical humanities topics. The People page will show you some of the specialisms of our core academic staff. We are also able to draw on the expertise of staff across the History Dept and beyond.

The department offers an MA in History of Medicine for students who want a taught MA course. A range of core and optional modules are available.

CHM's doctoral students can apply for workspace in shared offices, offered by the Dept of History, and will often be allocated space together. MA students are able to use CHM's resources room/library as a base.

Students participate in (and sometimes organise) a very busy programme of events of all kinds. There are conferences, workshops and seminars, many with external speakers, but also 'reading lunches', 'work in progress fora' and support sessions to extend students’ skills, as well as the occasional outing to arts exhibitions etc. There are also opportunities to contribute to our public engagement projects – recently, students have worked on a theatre production on Madness and Migration, and organised a series of public exhibitions in the local hospital.

Students who are not formally part of CHM but who are taking some History of Medicine modules or have overlapping interests are also welcome to join us for many of our activities.


The Centre's Annual Reports (main menu 'About the Centre' above) and the Events pages will give you more information about CHM.

Please also explore the pages on Study and Funding for further details. (links above)