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I'm currently doing Biomedical Science, but I think I want to study either history of science or history of medicine at postgrad level. From reading a lot of entry requirements for these degrees, they say they need a 1st/2:1 in 'a related subject'. Would my degree be considered related, or would they only be looking for humanities degrees? And would I be at a disadvantage if they did, is there anything I should be doing to improve my chances of getting an offer and actually being able to do the course?
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Maybe.
Contact the uni's whose courses you are most interested in and ask.
I was able to study a history postgrad without a history undergrad.
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While in general a history masters looking for a "related subject" probably would expect some humanities subject (ideally one historically oriented), for the history of science and/or medicine (also possibly philosophy of...) I think they will often consider scientists who wish to study their field from that perspective instead. Of course you will need to be able to write essays and such for a course like that, but a good dissertation will exhibit many of the same skills and practices needed for that so I don't think you will be completely out of depth in that respect.

Certainly UCL and Cambridge HPS will consider STEM grads, since the Cambridge undergraduate course in fact is part of the natural sciences tripos there and the Part III course explicitly considers applicants from other courses and not only from Part II HPS or equivalent, and UCL states clearly on the admissions page that the programme is suitable for applicants with a range of first degrees in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, etc. I would be surprised if any other university offering such a programme would restrict their pool of potential applicants given those two don't (since they are the biggest departments specialising in those areas in the UK afaik).
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