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Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Scientific and technological advances are constantly pushing the bounds of medical possibility. But what role is played by the humanities? How is the practice of medicine represented in art, literature, film and other media, and how do those representations, in turn, determine how we understand and experience our own bodies and the realities of sickness and health? Taught across our School of Arts and our School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Birkbeck's interdisciplinary MA Medical Humanities explores human health through the lenses of culture and history, covering topics including infectious disease, diet and exercise, mental health and wellbeing, and disability.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-19

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT-19

Modules

This module looks at key themes, or ‘entanglements’, between medicine and culture, and uses them to build a sense of the canonical issues, discourses and methods of the medical humanities. It will use philosophical, historical, literary critical approaches to understand the origins of the discipline and consider the ongoing applications of these ideas to discussions in medical contexts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements: Students need BA in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences subject. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

Department profile

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University information

Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgrad courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgrads can study full-time or part-time. Home to 44 research and...more