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History and Philosophy of Science

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Science (HPS) provides an introduction to the historical, philosophical, and sociological analysis of science. Candidates will be introduced to the main accounts of the nature of science and the methodologies underlying those interpretations.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate certificate candidates will understand the nature of the discipline of History and Philosophy of Science and will have acquired either basic research skills in history of science or basic skills in the sociological study of science or the basic skills of philosophical argument or some combination of the above, depending on their choice of options.

Students who wish to write a thesis in addition to completing the requirements for the Grad Certificate in Science (HPS) can undertake a Graduate Diploma in Science.


Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants according to the following admissions criteria:
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science) requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical Science or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Liberal Studies, or any bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the table for the History and Philosophy of Science postgraduate coursework table.
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Science (History and Philosophy of Science), a candidate must complete 24 credit points of elective units of study.
All candidates must complete HSPC4105 as part of their course requirements.

5 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2018, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.