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University Master's degree in History of Science and Scientific Communication

Description and content

Curriculum Summary

Each subject can be checked from the tables organised by academic year and optional subjects. Each subject contains the course description and all relevant information.



Type of subject Credits
Compulsory (OB) 33
Optional (OP) 15
Final project (TFM) 12













Timetables and examination calendars






Mobility and exchange programmes

The mobility programs aim to facilitate the completion of part of the studies in another University (Spanish or foreign), based on academic recognition. It serves to complete your studies, enrich your personal and professional career and facilitate labor integration.

UA Mobility Students Rules [pdf in spanish].

The administrative procedures (requirements, number of places and award) of the mobility programs are carried out by the Mobility Office. See the calendar if calls published every year. Keep in mind that for the award of a place in an international mobility program it is required to have the language level accreditation required by the country of destination.

If you already have a destination, register and participate in the Buddy Program: fill in this fapplication form



Work experience

The students of any Undergraduate or Master program of this Faculty may carry out extracurricular practices in any foreign institution, provided they have a contact in it and formal acceptance by the institution in which he/she is accepted. The students must send us completed the application form with the institution data.

Period of realization: From the last weeks of July, during the month of August or during the first weeks of September of the same academic year of registration.

There is no tuition payment, nor evaluation, therefore there is no recognition of ECTS. After the completion, the students will obtain a Certificate of Stay from the destination institution.

Financial Aid: Financial aid will be granted from the Faculty to carry out Extracurricular Practices Abroad. Consult the bases in the Call published on our website "Scholarship, grants and awards".

Requirements for the stay:

  • Be enrolled during the same academic year of stay in an official Degree or Master's Degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Be up to date with tuition payment.
  • In the case of Degree, have passed at least 60 ECTS.
  • In case of having passed all the credits of the degree, these practices can only be carried out if the fees for issuing the university degree are not paid until the end of the stay.

The students who perform this type of internship abroad, will have to contract insurance to cover accidents, repatriation and civil liability (damages to third parties). Once hired, it is mandatory to send the certificate with the coverages and dates to the Faculty.



Final-Year Master's degree Project

All official Master's degree courses will be completed with the preparation and public defence of a Master's Final Project (MFP), which must be carried out in the final phase of the study programme and focused on the evaluation of the Master’s content.

The MFP will be an original, self-reliant and individual work, which may also be coordinated, in which case each student will carry it out under the guidance of a tutor who will allow the student integrate all the content and the skills acquired associated with the Master’s degree.

The tutor’s task will consist of guiding, advising and planning student activities, monitoring the activities during the period that they carried out the project, and collaborating in everything that allows for a good achievement.

The MFP can be organised in several experimental and academic modalities, depending on the Master’s content, as well as on its professional, research and academic approach.

The assignment of the work proposed by the departments and that requested by the students will be carried out in accordance with the procedure established by the School Board.

Through the platform established for this purpose, students may choose one of the MFP offered by the departments. In addition, each student may propose a topic of their own.

The registration for the MFP will be completed within the deadlines established by the University of Alicante each academic year.

Credit recognition and transfer 

Credit Recognition is the approval by a university of those credits which, having been obtained in other official degrees, in the same or another university, are counted for the purpose of obtaining an official degree in other universities. In other words, it is the acceptance of subjects passed in university studies when the student begins a new degree. The term of "recognition" has replaced the old concept of validation/adaptation.

Credit Transfer refers to the process of including, in the student record and in all official academic documents accrediting the courses taken by each student, all the credits obtained in official courses taken previously in the same or another university, which have not led to the awarding of an official degree.

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Master's degree coordinators 

The University of Alicante’s AUDIT programme has been certified for all its centres. For this reason, the Faculty of Health Sciences has implemented an Internal Quality Assurance System to manage vertical and horizontal teaching coordination in all its degree programmes.

The Quality Assurance System at the Faculty of Health Sciences includes, among others, the following committees:


Applicable regulations 


Continuation of Studies for Master’s degrees

The University of Alicante Social Council approved a new regulation on the continuation of Master’s studies, dated May 29, 2018 (BOUA 5-6-18), in accordance with a new teaching/learning model focused on students, within the philosophy of the European Higher Education Area. 


Assessment of learning outcomes

The UA Governing Council has issued regulations on assessment and marking procedures and criteria, programmes and examination sessions, publication of marks, the mark review and complaint procedure (where appropriate), and completion and modification of final mark records.

These regulations bring teaching planning criteria in line with the continuous assessment system implemented in current UA official degrees, and combine and update previous regulations.

The most relevant measures are:

  • Continuous assessment, which as a general rule will be the applicable assessment system.
  • Alternative assessment systems are available for students eligible for curriculum adjustments.
  • Assessment criteria will be public and objective. Prior to the registration periods, they will be included in the course description of all subjects and cannot be modified during the academic year without due cause.
  • Course descriptions will contain a list of assessment activities and specify which can be retaken or resubmitted and which cannot.
  • There are two assessment periods: a regular examination session and a resit session, as per the academic year calendar.
  • The final examination schedule can be modified only in cases of force majeure. The final examination dates of all subjects will be known before the registration periods. The place will be published at least 30 days in advance.
  • Marks will be numerical, on a scale of 0 to 10, with one decimal place. A distinction with honours may be awarded to students having achieved a mark of 9 or higher. In each subject, up to 5% of enrolled students may receive a distinction with honours (maximum 1 student for subjects with up to 20 students).
  • Results of partial and final examinations will be published on UACloud (for partial examinations, within 30 calendar days; for final examinations, within the time frame set out in the academic calendar). In the case of final examinations, the place, date and time of the examination review will be published at least 48 hours in advance.
  • The mark review and complaint procedure is introduced.
  • Learning outcomes regulations (Official Journal of the University of Alicante, 09/12/2015) [pdf].


For further information on learning outcomes, please refer to the following documents:


What are curriculum adjustments? Who can request them?

Curriculum adjustments are academic and technical actions that, at a student's request, can be implemented in order to help the student take full advantage of the academic year and facilitate admission and continuation of studies. Curriculum adjustment management will be based on the principles of confidentiality and privacy.

Students eligible for curriculum adjustments are divided into two categories:

  • First category. Students who provide proof that they have at least 33% physical, sensory or mental disability and students with specific educational needs due to health conditions, whether congenital or acquired.
  • Second category. Students who provide proof that they are elite, high-level or university athletes. Victims of gender-based violence. Students who have recently given birth, adopted or fostered children. Students in charge of children less than 3 years old or caring for dependent family members. Students whose working hours are incompatible with attending classes. Members of UA governing bodies, participants in tournaments or cultural or academic activities as UA representatives, and participants in mobility programmes.

Adjustment applications must be submitted two weeks before the start of the academic year or semester. As an exception, applications due to unexpected circumstances may be submitted anytime.

Applications of first-category students will be submitted to the Student Support Centre. Applications of second-category students will be addressed to the centre (faculty/polytechnic school).

Adjustments may fall into either of the two following categories:

  • In-class support, concerning adjustments in relation to materials, lighting/sound quality in the classroom, work placements or academic contents, or use of alternative or complementary communication systems. Excused absences (maximum 25% of lessons per subject) may also fall into this category.
  • Examination-related adjustments. This category includes extending the time available for completing the exam or using alternative communication systems to transcribe the exam.




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