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Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Our vibrant, interdisciplinary program challenges the way we think about the world. We address questions about the nature of scientific inquiry; the way in which our knowledge of the natural and human world has changed throughout history; the complex relationship between science, culture, religion and politics; and the place of technology in the modern world.

As one of the most eclectic programs at the University, we embrace an interest in ‘almost everything’ and combine the critical thinking of the humanities with the knowledge and discoveries of the sciences.

PhD Scholarship Opportunities 2025


PhD position for the Medical Humanities Research Lab


Project proposals are invited from prospective students with a background in the humanities and social sciences in areas that align with the following: histories of mental illness, psychiatry, psychology, and therapies (late 19th to 21st centuries), or the history and social implications of the use of technologies in mental health.

More information available here.


PhD position for the MetaMelb Research Initiative


Project proposals are invited from a broad range of disciplines in one or more areas that align with the research focus of the Initiative, such as:

reviewing open science initiatives (e.g., replicability, reproducibility);

peer review (e.g., open peer review, alternative review protocols);

self-correction mechanisms in science;

research quality and integrity evaluation;

credibility and trust in science.

More information available here.


PhD position for the DeathTech Research Initiative


Project proposals are invited from prospective students that align with the research interests of our interdisciplinary group. Our team studies questions at the intersection of death, technology and society and we are currently investigating projects associated with cemetery spaces, online memorialisation, the materiality of human remains, personalised and cross-cultural commemoration practices, and ecological futures of death care.

More information available here.

The HPS Podcast

Talking all things History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science for a general audience.

This brand new HPS podcast provides accessible, engaging discussions on interesting people and concepts from our broad field. We interview both established and emerging scholars to unpack some of the best ideas HPS has to offer for science, scientists and the interested public. The podcast has been developed by the HPS program at the University of Melbourne. The HPS Podcast is presented by Samara Greenwood and produced by Carmelina Contarino.

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The HPS Seminar Series

The HPS program at the University of Melbourne conducts a weekly seminar series each academic semester. Seminars vary across a broad range of topics and are presented by local, interstate and international scholars. The HPS Seminar Series is convened by Dr Jacinthe Flore and Dr Kate Lynch.
Click below for the current schedule and mailing list details.

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