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 and professional roles. We train students in theoretical and applied aspects of the field, preparing them for careers that engage with and impact real world contexts.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 30 June 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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).

Core Modules

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology and Psychiatry
  • Clinical Ethnography

Options

  • MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
  • Anthropology of Science, Society and Biomedicine
  • Ritual Healing and Therapeutic Emplotment
  • Anthropology of Ethics and Morality
  • STUDENTS MAY ALSO CHOOSE FROM AMONG A VARIETY OF OTHER OPTIONS BEYOND MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY.

Dissertation/report

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, two essays, optional module requirements and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.

Dame Mary Douglas Awards

To be considered for one of these awards, you must apply to one of our eligible courses by Wednesday 14th May, 2014. There is no need for a separate application. The fee waivers will be awarded on academic merit. The awards are only available to those intending to start in September 2014, and do not already have a significant scholarship or award.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2014.

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Cambridge University: Research Assistant
  • Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust: Locum Consultant
  • Institute of Conflict Resolution: Research Analyst
  • Refugee Council: Case Worker
  • Centre for Addiction & Mental Health: Research Coordinator
  • BPAS: Medical Doctor
  • Marie Stopes International: Project Manager
  • Peterborough Mental Health Trust: Senior House Officer
  • Employability

    Medical Anthropology is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field and graduates of our programme have gone on to develop exciting careers in academia, clinical services, social services, government, and non-governmental organisations. Our approach is broad and open-minded, encompassing analysis of diversity issues in clinical practice, critical medical anthropology, psychology/psychiatry, social impact of genetic technologies, demographics, ethics, and studies of traditional healing. UCL is ranked 4th in the QS World University Rankings and our students benefit from a wealth of resources. We recruit a mix of clinicians and social scientists, finding that the interaction between these student groups helps create mindful practitioners.


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    Mr James Emmanuel

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