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Anthropology of Health MRes

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Anthropology Health Studies Human Biology

Course type


Course Summary


In this programme you will have a comprehensive introduction to the anthropology of health. Initial modules will allow you to study the diverse ideas and practice in healthcare, and how these impact on individual and community formation. For example, how do new reproductive technologies impact on notions of kinship within a family and community? How do different medical systems within a community relate to each other? How do organ transplants influence concepts of personhood and the self?

You will also study, through a selection of case studies, the idea of health, wellbeing and illness as states within a continuous process, using the idea of a life-cycle as a model. This module will investigate the ways in which people strive to lead healthy and fulfilling lives and respond to episodes of ill-health and unease. It places medical issues in a context of people’s quest for continuity and their struggles to cope with uncertainty.

Other modules on the course will cover topics such as sociocultural/biological/evolutionary concepts of health; mental and environmental health; food/nutrition; leisure and wellbeing; arts health; and disability. You will also explore lifecycles to understand health issues such as: birth to death, reproduction, ageing and the body, in/fertility, new reproductive technologies, life history narrative, childhood, puberty, rites of passage.

Career options

The programme will prepare you for PhD study in Anthropology (health and related areas), senior healthcare policy and advisory work, advanced healthcare delivery in diverse and multicultural settings, and overseas development work.


This is an intense ?hands-on? module which aims to develop independent research skills in preparation for anthropological research. This module will explore ? through practical means and with simulation activities and real world research - the relationship between anthropological methods (such as ?ethnography?) and anthropological products (such as the ?monograph?), as well as how ethnography, in particular, is situated alongside other qualitative and quantitative research methods. As such, this module will equip students with a wide range of anthropological methods so that they have a familiarity with them, are able to evaluate their pros and cons, and to choose the most appropriate methods for their own dissertation research. The module will encourage students, especially, to think about anthropological theory and practice. Core questions raised and examined will cover what is distinctive about ?the anthropological imagination? and how we go about ?doing? anthropology? It will also give students experience of research project design within the discipline, and will interrogate the underpinning and guiding philosophies on research methodologies from Durkheim on social facts to Popper on falsification and Feyerabend and Law on the mess of methods and anti-method itself.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Candidates should normally hold a good second-class honours degree. Applicants without the above first degree qualification may be required to submit portfolio evidence of health related practice and work experience or evidence of ability to study at this level. Suitable applicants may be interviewed. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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