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 Collection, London Metropolitan archives or Guy's Hospital.

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 - £875 (£600 for undergraduates, proof of student status required) includes membership of the Wellcome Library.

DHMSA Programme 2018-19 Vs8 (subject to changes) - please check regularly.

There are some external bursaries available towards the course fees, please click here.

Registration for the academic year 2019-20 is now open.
The History of Medicine - Application Form 2019-2020
The course programme is yet to be finalised but dates are confirmed - 2019-2020
Course  Terms and conditions -2019-2020

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