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MA Cultures and Environments of Health

MA Cultures and Environments of Health

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Full time | Streatham Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Cultural Studies Environmental Studies Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


  • Based in the inter-disciplinary Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health, you will benefit from engaged and transformative research, which draws on medical humanities, social sciences and medical sciences.
  • Examine how experiences of health, illness and medical knowledge are shaped by diverse environments, cultural practices and beliefs.
  • Explore how diverse types of evidence about health and wellbeing are used across different disciplines and sectors, and the impacts this has on the ways we conceive, respond to, and experience health and social care.
  • Investigate how evidence from the medical humanities and social sciences can be used to help develop and evaluate innovative and effective public health initiatives.
  • Upon graduation, you will be equipped to become a leader in transforming health research and health and social care practice within a range of professions.


Graduates of this Masters programme are well placed to become leaders in transforming health research and health and social care practice within a range of professions. Some examples include:

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • National and international NGOs
  • Statutory sector e.g. housing, social care
  • Civil society and social enterprise innovating in transformative health

The programme also prepares you for further research, and some graduates may want to go on to PhD study within the Wellcome Centre or elsewhere.


This module will introduce you to core material and debates within the social sciences, medical humanities and public health. It will explore how diverse approaches and perspectives can enhance our understandings of what it means to be healthy; how health can be sustained; and how health is threatened and fostered. Learning will be centred on understanding: transitions across the life-course; unequal health outcomes; and health across time and space.

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Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in the social sciences, humanities or medical sciences.

University information

The University of Exeter is a global university and a member of the leading research-oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 27,000 students from over 150 countries, 5,600 of these are postgraduates, studying across the university’s three main...more