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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All of our courses 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 three-day History of Medicine course and History of Pharmacy.
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'.

The Faculty also prepares students for the Diplomas in:

The History of Medicine (DHMSA)

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe

The Philosophy of Medicine (DPMSA)

Dr Andrew N Papanikitas  MRCGP PhD DPMSA

History of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Industry Short Course

A three day course run jointly with the British Society for the History of Pharmacy.

Medical Ethics and Philosophy Short Course

This is the first mini course and is open to anyone. The course classes will count to the annual course, the Philosophy of Medicine leading to the Diploma examination.


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

The Osler Lecture is delivered to the student in the DHMSA Examination who gives the best Test Lecture and The Sydney Selwyn Lecture is offered to the student who performs best in the DPMSA examination

The Rose Prize: Presented jointly by the Society through 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.

Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager
Telephone: 020 7236 1189