The History of Medicine (DHMSA)

Course Director: Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe
MD FRCP FRCPE FACP

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 bursaries available towards the course fees, please click here.

Courses - Terms and conditions 2018-19

History of Medicine course programme 2018-19 Vs5 (subject to changes) - please check regularly.

History of Medicine - reading lists

Application form for 2019-20 will be available shortly

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

Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

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