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School of History and Philosophy of Science

Placing science in its historical and social context
At the crossroads of arts and science, we examine past and current developments in all areas of science, technology and medicine from a range of humanistic perspectives.

History and philosophy of science (HPS) is an ideal way to critically engage with science and its social and cultural significance. Any student with a genuine interest in science will derive benefit from the study of this discipline.

Teaching staff in the School of History and Philosophy of Science have published widely in their fields of expertise and have gained international recognition for their research. This makes them fantastic educators, sharing their knowledge and experiences in the classroom so students can be at the forefront of innovations in the field.

The University of Sydney has secured its highest ever ranking in the 2025 QS World University Rankings climbing to 18th globally and 2nd in Australia.

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Professor Dominic Murphy

Head of School
  • Level 3 Carslaw Building F07

School of History and Philosophy of Science

  • Room 389 Carslaw F07

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