The History of Medicine (DHMSA)

Course Director: Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe

The course runs annually from September to June on Saturdays. The lectures are given either at the  The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, The Wellcome Trust or The Wellcome Collection Conference Centre.

The course provides lectures on the History of Western Medicine from Ancient times to the present. Each historical "epoch" is covered by a specialist historian. The history and development of the major specialities are covered by an expert in that particular field. Guidance is provided for the written papers and the dissertation for the Diploma Examination which is not compulsory. There is suggested background reading lists for the whole subject and for individual topics are provided.
Course fee - £800 (£600 for undergraduates, proof of student status required) includes membership of the Wellcome Library. The Faculty has a limited number of bursaries towards the examination fee on a first come first-served basis.

There are some external busaries available towards the course fees,  please look at the Prizes page on the website.

Course information 2017-18 
Course Programme 2017-18 (subject to changes) 

Course information 2018-19 - registration is now open!
Course programme - draft 1 (dates correct)
Course Application form 2018-19
Course terms and conditions (please sign and return with application form)

Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office. Details can be obtained here.

Contact Maria Ferran,  Faculty Manager for futher queries
Telephone: 020 7236 1189.


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