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History: Medical and Health Humanities MA

Online Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities

Full time September MA Full-time: 1 year

About the course

History: Medical and Health Humanities is a unique interdisciplinary specialisation that is taught in English. You will combine the history of health and medicine with a wide array of approaches in the arts and humanities. You will explore the different ways that bodies and minds have been studied and understood, and how these various ways of knowing continue to shape everyday life, medical practice and public health policy.

The courses are relevant for students interested in the history of health and medicine, as well as for health professionals. You follow the full programme or you can follow just one, two or three courses. 


In this interdisciplinary specialisation you will learn to contextualise medical ideas within their time and culture and to analyse a diverse range of

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Entry Requirements

To qualify for the master’s programme, you must have a bachelor's degree from an officially recognised research university, including a minimum of three years of full-time academic studies with at least 180 ECTS or the equivalent.

The master’s programme in History is for students with an academic bachelor’s degree in History. You may also qualify if you have an academic bachelor’s degree in another discipline of the Humanities (e.g. Theology, Philosophy) or in Anthropology or Sociology, if you have a major or specialisation equal to a minimum of 30 ECTS in History courses.


EU/EER Student: € 2,168
NON-EU Student: € 16,630

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