Objectives and competences

The master's degree in History of Science: Science, History and Society analyses the historical development of science, technology and medicine from the theoretical, material, social and institutional perspectives. It provides a unique view of the evolution of science, and promotes the development of historical research skills through knowledge of the main tools and schools of historical study and writing, and through the completion of a research project.
This 60-credit interuniversity (UAB-UB) master's degree is divided into modules of 15 credits. Students can choose one of the two specializations: research or professional.

The research specialization provides the basis for an academic career and doctoral studies in history of science or in-depth research of specific aspects of science, technology and medicine and their social and cultural implications in the past.

The professional specialization provides the foundations for a career in scientific communication, teaching, museology and scientific heritage management.

Lecturers on the master's degree course include the best specialists in the field of history of science from the UAB, the UB, the UPF, the UPC and the Milà i Fontanals Institution (part of the Spanish National Research Council), as well as prestigious visiting lecturers.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Philosophy
Branch of knowledge
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Length of course1 academic year
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main university information Master's degree course homepage
Main universityUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridging coursesNo
  • Communication, Heritage and History of Science
  • Research and History of Science

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.



Pre-enrolment is carried out at the coordinating university.

Further information

Required documentation

Selection criteria



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 15
Optional 39
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Communication, Heritage and History of Science
Final Project Compulsory 6
From Frankenstein to Einstein: Contemporary Science and Society Optional 15
Institutional or Company Placement Optional 9
Material Culture, Heritage and Scientific Communication Optional 15
Science in History Compulsory 15
The Individual, Health and Society Optional 15
The Origins of Modern Science Optional 15
Specialization: Research and History of Science
Final Project Compulsory 6
From Frankenstein to Einstein: Contemporary Science and Society Optional 15
Main Themes in the History of Science Optional 15
Research Methodology Optional 9
Science in History Compulsory 15
The Individual, Health and Society Optional 15
The Origins of Modern Science Optional 15

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

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