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MSc Medical Humanities

MSc in Medical Humanities

Students with an interest in literature and medicine are invited to apply for our MSc in the Medical Humanities.  This has grown out of our extremely successful MA in Literature and Medicine, which we have now broadened to provide a more interdisciplinary scope, allowing students to study literature alongside philosophy, psychology, film and visual culture.  All MSc students take the core courses, which introduce each of these disciplines.  At the same time, students wishing to focus on literature are able to take all three of their optional modules in the English department - full module information is available on the module description web pages.  This course is suitable both for students wanting to go on to undertake a PhD in English and for students who wish to move into the broader field of the Medical Humanities.

The Medical Humanities constitute a growing field of scholarship productive of powerful, innovative analyses of health care issues today.  The chief educational aims of this course are to explore the foundations of the field and teach analytical skills that enable students to address questions such as:

  • Does studying the humanities make us more humane?
  • How are the humanities different from the sciences? What new angles do they offer on old ethical dilemmas?
  • What is health? What is illness?
  • What kind of evidence about illness does literature provide?
  • What is narrative and how embedded are narrative ways of thought in health care?

What will I study?

The MSc in Medical Humanities draws on the world-class research of the Centre for the Humanities and Health, and will be taught by members of the Centre. In addition to the core modules which will explore skills and themes in the Medical Humanities, a range of option modules will also be available, from Literature, Ethics, Philosophy, Law, History of Art, and Film Studies.

Students who take this course will come away from it with a strong sense of how a variety of humanities disciplines conceive of health and illness and of the contributions these can make to healthcare. The disciplines involved include Philosophy, Literature, Film, Psychiatry, Art History and Nursing.

Who is this for?

The MSc will appeal to people from a wide variety of academic and health backgrounds: from biosciences such as medicine, nursing, psychology; from health law and social work and from humanities trainings in philosophy, film and/or literary studies.  The programme is offered on a full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) basis.

Futher information on the programme structure can be found in the student handbook.

Contact and how to apply

For more information please contact the convenor or see the online prospectus for details on applications, fees and funding.


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