The MSc in Health History explores the last two-and-a-half centuries to seek the origins and impacts of our modern health experiences and expectations, together with the reasons they've changed so rapidly. It examines a variety of issues such as the:
development of psychiatry since its birth in the 19th century
rise of regulation for drugs and medicines
impact of warfare on medical technologies
challenges faced by those seeking to transform the health of British children
changes and continuities in health and healtcare in Britain since 1800
effects of work and workplaces on individual and environmental health
intersection of rece, ethnicity and health in America
concepts of and treatments for mental health in modern societies
intersection of gender, sexuality and health since 1800
The degree is suitable for those from humanities, social science and health science backgrounds as well as those who have worked in the health professions.
Modules can be built into a Masters degree. This can form the basis for future doctoral research funded by the:
Arts & Humanities Research Council
Economic & Social Research Council
Sources, Skills & Methods for Historians
Choose four from:
Health & Healthcare in the Long 19th Century
Pharmaceuticals, Ethics & Health, 1800 to 1980
Governing Highs & Health: History & the Control of Drugs, c1800 to c1945
Work & Occupational Health in the 20th Century: Comparative Perspectives
Food & Health in the West during the 20th Century
The Politics of Health in 20th-century Britain
Medicine & Warfare, 1800 to 2000
Race, Ethnicity and Health in 20th-century America
Gender, Health and Modern Medicine Since 1800
MSc students also write a dissertation of 10,000 words. You’ll research a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of the programme staff. You’ll be able to use the extensive archive holdings relating to the history of medicine and of health and healthcare available in Glasgow and elsewhere in Central Scotland.
The CSHHH Glasgow seminar series is designed to showcase the latest research from across the subject area at the centre. All students on the MSc are expected to attend these sessions.
A full account of assessment will be provided in each module handbook. The pass mark is 50% in all classes.