Find out what our students say about the IBSc Medical Anthropology programme :
I still tell everyone the IBSc in Medical Anthropology was the best of my 6 years at University! After I went to the Solomon Islands and did a project on the use of impregnated mosquito nets. My IBSc year gave me the research tools and resources to explore the wider issues around a well known public health initiative in a local community. I will soon be starting a Masters in International Public Health at the University of New South Wales. Anthropology and successful public health projects go hand in hand. (Caroline Sharpe, Emergency Registrar, St Vincent Hospital, Sydney Australia)
Studying medical anthropology has truly changed the way I view not just medicine, but the whole world... it is immensely rewarding to be able to see how you can then make real, sustainable changes for the better... I highly recommend that you be brave and take this rare opportunity to study something so different and so rewarding.
I initially chose anthropology for my intercalated BSc to have a 'break' from medicine. It gave me the opportunity to design my year according to my own interests and study subjects in real depth for the first time since starting university. What I didn't anticipate, was how much I would carry forward with me throughout my medical career - skills such as critical reading, essay writing and primary research have been invaluable, helping me in job applications and beyond. I have maintained a keen interest in medical anthropology and recently co-organised a national medical film festival. It was a brilliant BSc, and I would recommend it to everyone!
(Chloe Bulwer Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatrics and the Institute of Child Health and University College Hospital)
This new way of learning and thinking about different, previously untouched concepts has been quite a challenge but has made me use my brain in a whole new way, and this new way of anthropological thinking is something I hope to carry with me through the rest of my medical career.
Already in term one the IBSc in Medical Anthropology has given me a different perspective on western biomedicine and social life itself. Studying anthropology is completely different from studying preclinical medicine as you are actively encouraged to formulate your own opinions and you are taught to take a critical approach to everything you read. This new way of learning and thinking about different, previously untouched concepts has been quite a challenge but has made me use my brain in a whole new way, and this new way of anthropological thinking is something I hope to carry with me through the rest of my medical career.
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