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  Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London    School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication

Full time & Part time October MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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Unleash the power of the humanities in the field of medicine with Birkbeck's MA in Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas. Delve into the intricate relationship between health and culture through a multidisciplinary approach covering topics like infectious diseases, mental health, and medical ethics. This programme offers a unique blend of history, culture, and medicine, providing a deep understanding of how art, literature, and film shape our perception of health and illness. With a focus on developing analytical and research skills, this MA is tailored for graduates in arts, humanities, and social sciences. The course stands out with fully funded studentships from the Wellcome Trust and prestigious Eric Hobsbawm Scholarships. Benefit from Birkbeck's prime location in academic London, granting access to top-notch research facilities and a rich historical backdrop. Join a vibrant academic community at Birkbeck's Centre for Medical Humanities, where critical thinking and public engagement thrive. Embrace the opportunity to explore the fascinating realm where medicine and humanities intersect. Entry requirements include a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in relevant subjects, with consideration given to professional qualifications and work experience. Mature learners are encouraged to apply, making this programme inclusive and diverse.

About the course

Scientific and technological advances are constantly pushing the bounds of medical possibility. But what role is played by the humanities? How is the practice of medicine represented in art, literature, film and other media, and how do those representations, in turn, determine how we understand and experience our own bodies and the realities of sickness and health? 

Birkbeck's interdisciplinary MA Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas explores human health through the lenses of culture and history, covering topics including infectious disease, diet and exercise, mental health and wellbeing, and disability. 

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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