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Chinese Health and Humanity - MA

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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 policy making. 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 course (15 credits), direct reading and translation modules (60 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and two or three options or elective modules (45 credits).

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

Optional modules
-History of Chinese Medicine I: the Classical World and its Legacy
-History of Chinese Medicine II: from Song Public Health to the Chinese Medical Diaspora
-Chinese Health and Heritage
-Chinese Law and Health
-Chinese Film and the Body
-Chinese Nutrition: History, Culture and Society
-Elective Modules within SOAS, Institute of Global Health, and Anthropology
-Suitable elective module from other departments at UCL

NB: Not all options will be available every year.

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.


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.

Graduates from the MA will be well prepared to take advantage of job opportunities that are also available to graduates from the Institute of Global Health and Anthropology, but with the added advantage of an 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 on China's health culture that will open up job opportunities as China begins a rapid programme of developing private health-care partnerships.

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.

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

Student Profiles

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For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.Those who wish to be considered should indicate this in their application to the MARS MA.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For postgraduate taught or research students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted to:Dr John Sabapathy Degree Tutor Medieval & Renaissance Studies MA Department of History University College London Gower Street London WC1E 6BTE-mail: [email protected]

Further Information



Jean Orr Scholarship - Single Award

One scholarship for a postgraduate Master's student studying in one or more of the following Departments – History, French, Italian and Dutch – awarded on the basis of academic merit.£7,000 per annum, for one academic year only. This will be applied to the cost of tuition fees for the year, and any additional amount (if relevant) will be paid to the recipient as maintenance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Application Procedure

Candidates will be selected by academic departments on the basis of the admission application form.

Further Information


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.

Last Updated

10 October 2016

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