MA History of Medicine, Wellcome Trust Scholarship

Academic year 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Value of award

The scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee. 100% of UK/EU fees plus an annual living allowance of £15,000 and a personal research and development fund of £500. Successful international candidates will be required to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

Start date: September 2020 (two awards).

Duration: Full-time students one year. Part-time students two years (scholarship and living allowance awarded pro-rata).

Application closing date

3 April 2020 at 5pm for a September 2020 start.


Our team-taught History of Medicine MA draws upon the chronological and geographical breadth of research expertise at Newcastle, ranging from global medical history to classical medicine, and encompassing the medieval, early modern and modern eras, and British, European, South Asian and American histories.

Located within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, the programme provides students with unique opportunities to explore different methodologies which could expand the scope and ambitions of their research by selecting a module from another degree programme.

Students on the programme can also take advantage of resources coordinated by Newcastle University’s Humanities Research Institute, namely a medical humanities research network, and the Challenge Lab funding scheme, which allows teams of Newcastle University students to develop interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects within the humanities, or between the humanities and other subject areas.

Award holders will also benefit from a series of workshops designed to help them apply their research skills, develop doctoral research projects and enhance their career prospects within and beyond academia.


Wellcome Trust

Eligibility Criteria

The scholarships are open to UK, EU and international applicants who:

  • hold an offer of admission for the MA History of Medicine
  • hold, or expect to achieve, a 1st class honours degree or international equivalent

Applicants with a high 2.1 honours degree may also be considered.

Part-time applicants should contact Dr Vicky Long, to discuss their eligibility for the scholarship prior to applying.

International students

If your first language is not English you need IELTS 6.5 (with 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills), or equivalent.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted by email to [email protected] and should include the following:

  • a personal statement of no more than 1 side of A4, outlining why you want to study the MA in the History of Medicine
  • a proposal for your masters dissertation project of no more than one side of A4
  • a CV of no more than 2 sides of A4


Dr Vicky Long, Senior Lecturer (20th Century British).


Application will close on 03 April 2020


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