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Programme code: 3129

Regulations: R.D. 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Health sciences

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Organised by:López Piñero Institute for the History of Medicine and Science

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participating Universities:Miguel Hernández University of Elche, University of Alacant and University of Valencia (General Study)

Programme Coordinator:Dr. D. Enric Novella Gaya

Places available for new students:35 places in the programme (15 places in the UV).

Aims: The aim of this programme is to create a multidisciplinary academic space around Social Studies on Science, which include science philosophy and sociology, science and medicine history, medical and scientific language, scientific documentation and information and science communication and dissemination. The programme provides knowledge and skills for research in all the areas related to the history of science and technology, scientific museology, knowledge circulation and scientific dissemination. It means accessing to research as the first step towards an academic career and brings options both in scientific museology and cultural heritage.

Description: The background of the doctoral programme is a former programme imparted by the Department of History of Science and Documentation, joint to the Institute and which was a pioneer in scientific historical and social studies in Spain. It is an inter-university official programme organised by the Universidad de Valencia, the Miguel Hernández University of Elche and the University of Alacant, in collaboration with the CSIC. This way, students can carry out doctoral thesis within the several researching programmes developed by researchers in those centres. Additionally, the Doctoral Programme has an international referential academic frame as there are similar programmes in other universities in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, France and Germany. It opens up a path for specialisation and professionalization for those people who have taken the inter-university Master’s Degree «History of Science and Scientific Communication» or other similar postgraduate courses imparted by other universities and centres to which people with any degree could access; specially those with qualifications of health sciences, science, history, philology, journalism, audiovisual communication, human sciences, education, library and documentation studies, history of the arts and translation and interpretation.

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