Meet Our Students
Students from around the world come to Social Science, Health & Medicine as one of the best places to study why health is more than medical matter. They bring a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, having previously trained in medicine or the natural sciences, social sciences, or philosophy. Many of our students are from outside the UK.
James Aluri - MA Bioethics & Society 2014/5
James graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in Biological Sciences and Musical Studies. In 2012, he began his MD programme at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After exploring the multiple interfaces between the humanities and medicine through side projects for a couple of years, he decided to dedicate a year to studying the humanities and social sciences as applied to medicine, and joined our MA Bioethics & Society programme in 2014/15. James was awarded a competitive Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Master’s Studentship to fund his studies.
Andrea Berkemeier - MA Bioethics & Society 2014/5
Andrea joined the MA Bioethics & Society programme in 2014/15 with a Roger M Jones Fellowship from the University of Michigan, where she earned her BSc in Biomedical Engineering. Andrea was excited for the opportunity to develop her understanding of healthcare from the intersection of science, philosophy, and theology.
Karen Lau - MSc Global Health & Social Justice 2014/5
Karen joined our MSc Global Health & Social Justice programme in 2014/15. She was trained as a pharmacist in Hong Kong, attaining her license in 2014. As part of her BSc, she engaged in a slum empowerment project in Kolkata, India. She said: “This experience occurred to me as a glaring realization of the disparity in the standard of healthcare across the globe, and I decided that I wanted to make an effort to improve global public health.” “The MSc Global Health & Social Justice is an ideal doorway into the broad field of global health offering a comprehensive introduction to global health from an analytical perspective, covering all technical, social and ethical aspects. By acquiring a strong foundation through this degree on the overview of global health, I wish to pursue my career in non-governmental organizations with the endeavor of ensuring wider access to healthcare and medicines, especially in underprivileged populations around the world.”
Noel Collins - MSc Gerontology 2013/5
Noel is a full-time old age psychiatrist who joined our MSc Gerontology programme in 2013/15 on a part-time basis. He decided to pursue the MSc because he felt confident in managing his individual patients, but felt out of my depth in discussing population based needs with local NHS commissioners. The course has helped his understanding of policy and societal constructions around ageing by highlighting issues of ageism and health and later life social inequities. He has enjoyed the weekly interdisciplinary discussions and built his dissertation around the referrals of older adults for psychological treatments.
Paveena Seah - MSc Ageing & Society
Paveena joined our MSc Ageing and Society to enhance her professional knowledge and skills at a world-renowned institution, namely the Institute of Gerontology. After studying Sociology at the National University of Singapore, she worked for the Singapore Public Service and was involved in implementing its National Wellness Programme. She says: “The MSc has broadened my perspective of ageing societies, enabled me to analyse ageing issues and deepened my understanding of how social policies affect elderly persons in both the developed and developing countries. The rigorous methods training has equipped me with the skills to conduct quantitative social research and data analysis independently.”
Paveena now works as a research analyst at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore. She recommends the programme to those who are interested in serving older people, particularly those working in the public service sector and voluntary welfare sector.
Verere Oyearone - MSc Global Health & Social Justice
Verere joined our MSc Global Health & Social Justice with a background in pharmaceutical sciences. She says: “My career choice was born out of my desire to help improve quality of life through health care delivery. But over the years, my life experiences taught me that good health is very much influenced by socio-economic and political factors. I decided to pursue the MSc to better understand how to address the factors that lead to a decline in health, rather than just trying to find the next novel cure for a disease in a lab.” Verere recommends the course to anyone who has a passion for change and wants to expand their knowledge in global health, while being challenged to develop their research and presentation skills.