The Society of Apothecaries established the Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy  in 1959 as a separate academic body with charitable status. Membership is open to any individuals or organisations with an interest in this specialist field.

The Faculty plays an increasingly important role in the education of both undergraduates and postgraduates, offering courses and examinations and appointing lecturers to medical schools.  The Faculty is involved in a wide range of academic and social activities for both medical professionals and laypeople, awards academic prizes, and presents a programme of prestigious lectures throughout the year.

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The Faculty prepares students for the Diplomas in:

The History of Medicine (DHMSA)
The Ethics and Philosophy of Healthcare (DPMSA)

Many courses run by the Faculty are open to both qualified professionals and those with an interest in the subject. These include short courses in the history of medicine, special study modules in the history and philosophy of medicine, and a special three-day history of medicine course primarily aimed at archivists, curators and museum staff.
The Faculty and The British Society for the History of Pharmacy have introduced a three-day course in the 'History of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Industry'.


Maccabaean Prize and Medal: Awarded for the best dissertation submitted for the Diploma in the History of Medicine examination.

The Sydney Selwyn Prize: Awarded to the best candidate in the Diploma in the Philosophy of Medicine examination.

The Rose Prize: Presented jointly by the Faculty and the Royal College of General Practitioners for the most outstanding piece of original research relating to the history of British general practice.


Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager
Telephone number: 0207 236 1189