Studying

We welcome applications from outstanding candidates whose research would fall within the theme ‘Generation to Reproduction’.

Possible areas for doctoral projects include, but are not limited to:

  • patient–practitioner relations around fertility and other encounters that framed the generative body;
  • the influence of diseases, including venereal diseases, on reproductive behaviour and demographic patterns;
  • representation and communication of generation and reproduction;
  • ancient, medieval and early-modern investigations into generation;
  • generation and childbirth in medical cases and casebooks;
  • the reorganization of knowledge of generation/reproduction, especially in the age of revolutions;
  • such sciences as embryology, obstetrics, gynaecology, evolutionary biology, reproductive physiology, genetics and developmental biology;
  • reform movements around birth control, population control and sexual science;
  • twentieth-century transformations in techniques, experiences and regulation;
  • networks linking academic biology to reproductive medicine and public health, agriculture, especially animal breeding, and/or pharmaceutical industry;
  • techniques for monitoring and manipulating pregnancy, hormones, genes, gametes and embryos, e.g., pregnancy testing, genetic screening, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer;
  • sexology, psychology and psychoanalysis, including social and psychological practices for making babies and families.

Informal inquiries may be made to the award holder with the most relevant interests.
Formal applications should be submitted, and funding applied for, through the relevant Department or Faculty in the usual way. The earliest funding deadline, for applicants from the USA applying for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, is 14 October.

We also welcome applications from students wishing to take master’s courses, including the MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. One student may be submitted each year, in any field of medical history and humanities, for the Wellcome Trust’s annual master’s award competition.