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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 at the School of History and Philosophy of Science

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 is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability.* This stems from our immersive, research-led teaching which prepares students for the real-world and a successful career.

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook

Based on “The Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook: Or How to beat the Big Bang” by Luke A. Barnes and Geraint F. Lewis (CUP 2020)


News Bites

Mental Health in Indonesia, a special issue of Inside Indonesia.

Edition 141, July-Sept. 2020.

Read Here

All articles are available in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Roy Malcom MacLeod awarded in the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours:

Medal (AOM) of the Order of Australia - for services to education, particularly history.

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Hans Pols

Head of School
  • Room 394 Carslaw F07

School of History and Philosophy of Science

  • Room 389 Carslaw F07

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