Health Humanities

UCL Health Humanities Centre draws together staff from different disciplines, departments and faculties engaged in research and teaching on matters relating to health, illness and well-being. It provides a UCL forum for teaching and research in the health humanities, through Masters programmes, conferences, seminars, workshops, and public engagement. It draws upon upon UCL's disciplinary strengths, while fostering further interdisciplinary collaborations.

UCL Health Humanities Centre was established in 2015 by combining the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health, the Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines, and the former History of Medicine Centre. It forms part of the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII), and is supported by UCL’s Science, Medicine and Society Network.

Members are currently based in the departments of History, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, Mental Health, Population Health, Global Health, Laws, Political Science, The Institute of the Americas, Geography, Political Science, The Slade School of Fine Art, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the Medical School. 

Our MA programmes share common core courses, while having specific routes. These are jointly administered through the Centre for the Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). These MAs also share modules with the African Studies with Health MSc (administered through SELCS/CMII) and the China Health and Humanities MA (administered through UCL History).


The Centre runs regular events:

London Bioethics Colloquium

A substantial number of faculty and PhD students are now working in bioethics, broadly construed, in London. This colloquium aims to facilitate high-level discussion among these scholars; link individuals and groups across universities; and foster contacts between the academic and non-academic worlds. Topics range from traditional questions in medical ethics and law to ethical issues in the design of health systems at the national and global level (public health ethics / global health ethics).

  • When? First Monday of the month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, with the possibility to go for drinks afterwards. Two sessions per term.
  • Where? Alternating between King's College London and University College London.

News & Events

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Health Humanities MPhil / PhD

The MPhil/PhD programme in Health Humanities offers students the possibility to study with world-leading academics in the Health Humanities, researching issues related to health and illness from the humanities and social sciences in the vibrant research community of the UCL Health Humanities Centre, with the unparalleled research resources of Bloomsbury. We are particularly interested in project proposals in interdisciplinary health humanities; history of medicine and the psychological disciplines; empirical bioethics; public health ethics, and philosophy of medicine.

Applying for a PhD

The Health Humanities Centre facilitates cross-disciplinary PhD supervision, but it does does not admit PhD students directly: your application will need to be via a UCL Department. It is usually best to approach one or more academics with whom you would be interested in working. Once your potential supervisor knows the nature of the project and the ways in which it is cross-disciplinary, he or she will then be able to put together the best supervisory team (often with advice from the Health Humanities Centre).