My interests have always extended beyond pure science and the history of science opens up for working with science in relation to society. In my PhD project, I am working on the history of climate modelling. However, in general, I find the changed role of science in society since World War II to be interesting, as well as more philosophical studies of what science is.
Nils Randlev Hundebøl, PhD student, History of Science
Science and technology form part of our day-to-day lives wherever we are, and we constantly have to make decisions where we draw on scientific and technological knowledge. Natural scientists tell us the significance of CO2 in relation to climate change; and when we have to decide whether to reduce CO2 emissions, we need to understand what sort of knowledge we have and what it is based on. The MSc programme in History of Science provides you with insight into how scientific discoveries and knowledge have affected our lives and societies throughout history. You become capable of putting scientific knowledge into perspective and working comprehensively with the many challenges and opportunities that science provides.
The MSc programme in History of Science targets students with a Bachelor’s degree in science and an interest in gaining a wide perspective on the way in which the natural sciences have developed in their interaction with society and contemporary culture. The programme aims to provide an introduction to the historical development of the natural sciences and technology which supplements students’ basic studies. As a student of the History of Science, you learn to understand the science disciplines and their methodologies and theories in an historical perspective, and you study the societal consequences of technology and the forces that drive technological advances. Knowledge of the development of science, and your ability to analyse the cultural and societal context of which science is a part, can be useful in many different situations. For example, graduates work with communicating science and its challenges and opportunities to a broad public via media such as newspapers and books. Their knowledge about the interaction between the natural sciences and society can also be applied in public administration, the private-sector business community, or in many different organisations.
With a Bachelor’s degree in science and the historical perspective on this knowledge provided by the MSc in History of Science, graduates are well-prepared to enter into multidisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in many different fields. The MSc programme also qualifies graduates for a research career in the history of science.
The MSc programme in History of Science is taught in a small department, where students benefit from the down-to-earth, informal atmosphere between staff and students. As an MSc student, you will have excellent opportunities for completing projects related to current research, and you will have the option of specialising in many different topics.