This programme will enable you to join the key debates on contemporary medical anthropology, apply analytical tools drawn from social theory, select anthropological research methods for use in health-related settings and develop a research agenda.
You will follow taught courses, and receive hands-on training in social research skills. You will also complete an individually supervised project on a topic of your choice. Students often progress to a PhD in Social Anthropology, but the MSc can also be taken as a standalone degree.
The dissertation will constitute the main work in which you demonstrate your learning. It normally takes the form of an extended research proposal with the following components:
a literature review
an outline of the specific questions to be addressed
a statement of research design and methods to be employed
a discussion of the practical, political and ethical issues affecting the conduct of the research
a presentation of the schedule for the research, and its estimated budget
Where the programme is taken as a standalone degree, the dissertation normally includes a component of data collection and analysis, or selection of theoretical documents and analysis.
This interdisciplinary MSc by Research is an opportunity to develop a specialisation in an area of medical sociology or anthropology.
On completion of the programme you will be able to articulate your own approach to theories and methodologies in medical sociology; think creatively about the social dynamics of health and healing in local and global perspectives; and think from both medical and social science perspectives.