UCL Graduate degrees


Health Humanities MPhil/PhD

The MPhil/PhD programme in Health Humanities offers students the opportunity 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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£22,230 (FT)
£11,190 (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree 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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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.

Select your country:


The UCL Health Humanities Centre conducts world-leading interdisciplinary research on health and illness from the arts, humanities and social and historical disciplines. It benefits from UCL’s strengths in biomedicine. We offer individual research supervision from world-leading researchers and a commitment to individual attention for all students. Close to the British Library and the Wellcome Library, UCL Health Humanities Centre offers unique opportunities for graduate students.

Research areas

  • Interdisciplinary health humanities
  • History of medicine and the psychological disciplines
  • Empirical bioethics
  • Public health ethics
  • Philosophy of medicine
More information can be found on the department website: Health Humanities MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Students may apply for Wellcome Trust studentships for humanities or social science doctoral degrees in any area of health by visiting the Wellcome Funding website.

For information about available funding and scholarships please visit our Funding and Scholarships webpage.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


A PhD in Health Humanities provides the basis for academic careers in the health and medical humanities, as well as in a broad spectrum of more specialised disciplines, including bioethics, the philosophy of medicine, history of medicine, medical sociology or medical anthropology. It is also a suitable preparation for careers in science and medical journalism, bioethics, healthcare policy, NGOs, museum and heritage, among others.


As part of the degree, students are given training designed especially to help enhance their employability. The Health Humanities Centre runs regular health humanities research seminars, and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry runs regular research training seminars. There is also a wide variety of courses available to students via the Skills Development programme, including languages, academic writing for non-native English speakers, sessions on professional and career development, getting published and research and analysis methods. Career development is also supported by UCL Careers.


The Health Humanities Centre forms a hub which draws together researchers engaged in work related to health and wellbeing throughout UCL. The centre organises a regular Health Humanities Seminar, and a regular seminar series on the History of the Psychological Disciplines (sponsored by the British Psychological Society). In addition, the centre organises workshops and conferences throughout the year. Students are strongly encouraged to attend and give papers at conferences, establishing contacts with academics and also peers working in their field, as well as to organise their own events.

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will study within UCL’s Health Humanities Centre. This draws together world-leading researchers on bioethics, medical humanities, history of medicine, psychology and psychiatry, philosophy, anthropology, literature, cultural and film studies, global health, science and technology studies. In addition it has the involvement of leading clinicians in the acclaimed UCL Medical School and Division of Psychiatry, engaged in humanities and social science research.

You will also benefit from UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies, which showcases and fosters multidisciplinary research within the humanities and the social sciences, with an active programme of events and visiting international scholars.

Department: Centre for Multidisciplinary & Intercultural Inquiry

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

All applicants must identify and contact potential supervisors before making their application. For more information see our 'Need to Know' page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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