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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Medical Anthropology MSc
This MSc aims to provide sufficient knowledge of advanced medically related anthropology to enable students to utilise anthropological approaches in a range of research, applied and professional contexts. Depending on a student's choice of options, the programme also aims to develop understanding of Biological Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Material Culture.
What will I learn?
Students new to social science develop an understanding of a social science approach to the experience of illness and health, and gain skills required in social anthropological field research and analysis. For students with previous social science training, the programme focuses on the dimensions particular to medical anthropology.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Anthropology was the first in the UK to integrate biological and social anthropology with material culture into a broad-based conception of the discipline. It is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK in terms of both staff and research student numbers, offering an exceptional breadth of expertise.
Our excellent results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that we are the top broad-based anthropology department in the UK.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the wider anthropological community in London and the department's strong links with European universities and international institutions.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (45 credits) optional modules in three distinct fields (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, small group presentations and discussion, tutorials, laboratory and practical work, independent directed reading, interactive teamwork, and video film and web based courses. Assessment is through one examination, three essays and the research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
Applications should be received by 30 June in any given year. Late applications will be considered, but students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is aimed at candidates who wish to gain the appropriate social science training to lead to a PhD in the field of medical anthropology, and for medical professionals who need to employ anthropological techniques in, or formulate an anthropological dimension to, their professional work.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Medical Anthropology at graduate level
- why you want to study Medical Anthropology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
First destinations of recent graduates include:
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: