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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £12,020 (FT) £6,010 (PT)
- £20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core module (45 credits) optional modules in three distinct fields (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
- Clinical Ethnography
- Medical Anthropology
- *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
- Anthropology and Psychiatry
- *Students may also choose from among a variety of other options within and beyond medical anthropology
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Medical doctor in specialty training, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (NHS)
- MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery), Newcastle University
- Research Degree: Anthropology, University College London (UCL)
- Midwife, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- PhD Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh
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 fifth in the QS World University Rankings and our students benefit from a wealth of resources.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why 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. UCL Medical Anthropology at UCL integrates interpretive, critical and applied perspectives.
Our excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercises and 2014 Research Excellence Framework show that we are the leading broad-based anthropology department in the UK. We are also one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK, offering a breadth of expertise.
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.
Student / staff numbers › 44 staff including 15 postdocs › 180 taught students › 120 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Anthropology
75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"I completed a full-year study abroad programme at UCL during my undergraduate education and fell in love with the campus, the people and the educational environment. London is brimming with opportunities for exploration. And as students, there are SO many resources at our finger tips. I can't tell you how many times relevant exhibitions would pop up that coincided with what we were learning in a particular module. Nor how many times we'd read an essay or a piece of really cutting edge research only to find out that the researcher was giving a presentation at UCL or somewhere else in London in the coming weeks. Those are really unique opportunities that add so much to the academic experience of graduate study and really promote integration and comradeship amongst students and professors. It has always been a distinct pleasure having the opportunity to study and live here. It is an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
Allison HoranMedical Anthropology MSc
"At UCL there are so many resources at your finger tips. I can't tell you how many times relevant exhibitions would pop up that coincided with what we were learning in a particular module. Nor how many times we'd read an essay or piece of cutting-edge research only to find out that the researcher was giving a presentation at UCL or somewhere else in London in the coming weeks. Those are really unique opportunities that add so much to the academic experience of graduate study and really promote integration and comradeship amongst students and professors."
Allison HoranMedical Anthropology MSc
Application and next steps
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. We recruit a mix of clinicians and social scientists, finding that the interaction between these student groups helps create mindful practitioners.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.