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Records of the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Science

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division

Minutes of the Science Degrees Committee and Faculty of Science

Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Da 45.1-Da 45.25



Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

University of Edinburgh | Science Degrees Committee | 1864-1993 | university committee | Edinburgh (Scotland) and University of Edinburgh | Faculty of Science | 1893-1991 | university faculty | Edinburgh (Scotland)

Biographical History

Administrative History

The Science Degrees Committee was set up in 1864 to regulate the study of scientific subjects in the University of Edinburgh. From the beginning of the University, Science subjects had been studied, but had been regulated in the Faculty of Arts and later the Faculty of Medicine. It was set up after a proposal by Sir Lyon Playfair in 1863 that a committee be set up to consider the provision of a Degree in Science. In 1864 the committee made its first report. The new degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Science were first offered in the Academic year 1864-1865 in Physical and Natural Science, Mental Science and Philology. The Science Degrees Committee oversaw the administration of these degrees until 1893 when the Faculty of Science was instituted. The Committee was disbanded and the Faculty of Science took over its responsibilities.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Science Degrees Committee and Faculty of Science Series consists of details of:

  • letters
  • lists of candidates for exams
  • exam questions
  • details of reports by examiners
  • changes in chairs
  • the move to departments being created around these chairs
  • the relationships with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine
  • reports of Boards of Studies
  • leaves of absence
  • committee reports and memberships
  • relationship with Heriot-Watt College.




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