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Course content

This one-year programme is intended for graduates of Chinese Studies programmes and native Chinese speakers who wish to gain further understanding and develop expertise in a range of subjects concerned with Chinese health and wellbeing and the impact of China, historically and in the present day, on health around the world.

About this degree

This MA offers an interdisciplinary approach to health in China including history of medicine in China, population studies, the built and natural environment, climate change, law and medical ethics, public health and policymaking. Intensive training in academic English and translation for publication online is provided.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), direct reading and translation modules (60 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and three options or elective modules (45 credits).

Core modules

  • Core Course: An Interdisciplinary Approach to China: Health and Humanity
  • Translation and Direct Reading
  • Dissertation (see below)

Optional modules

  • Classical Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Film and the Body
  • Chinese Law and Health
  • Chinese Nutrition: History, Culture, and Society
  • Suitable elective module from other departments at UCL
  • Elective modules within SOAS, UCL Institute for Global Health, and UCL Anthropology

NB: Not all options will be available every year.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught by specialists in the field and is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, presentations, workshops and direct reading. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Chinese Health and Humanity MA

Careers

This programme aims to train the next generation of professionals in the interdisciplinary approaches and skills necessary for understanding and improving population and individual health in China and internationally. It will be invaluable for all those intending to work in professions with an interest in Chinese health including: health systems and reform, the health environment, integrated health, in NGOs and multilateral organisations as policymakers, administrators, and workers in the field. It will also prepare students to work in art and media where Chinese health issues are concerned.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teaching Assistant, Meten English
  • PhD in Chinese Language Education

Employability

Graduates from the MA will be well prepared to take advantage of job opportunities that are also available to graduates from the UCL Institute for Global Health and UCL Anthropology, but with the added advantage of expertise in China: health administration policy and consultancy, health law, in bilateral and multiliteral organisations, NGOs, built and natural environment, climate change, health research in China and the UK. The programme also aims to create new expertise in China's health culture that will open up job opportunities as China begins a rapid programme of developing private healthcare partnerships.

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 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading academics.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research.

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: History

82% 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.


Visit the Chinese Health and Humanity (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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