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Medical Humanities MSc

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Overview

This programme explores the links between the humanities and medicine from a humanities point of view. Among the questions it considers are: What can the humanities contribute to healthcare? How do they differ from the sciences? And what can they tell us about illness?

 


Key benefits

  • Unrivalled central London location, giving immediate access to important medico-historical and cultural resources, including libraries, galleries, archives and museums, e.g. The Wellcome Collection and Library, the Hunterian Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Library etc.

  • World class expertise in a breadth of subject areas, including: History of Psychiatry, Literature & Medicine, Philosophy of Medicine and Mental Disorder, Medical Portraiture, Nursing and Film, Bioethics.

  • Taught at the Wellcome-funded Centre for the Humanities & Health, which supports the research activities of internationally renowned scholars in the field; has a vibrant and active post-graduate and post-doctoral community; and hosts a lively programme of seminars, conferences and events.

  • Close links between the School of Arts & Humanities and one of the largest Schools of Biomedicine in Europe.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Professor Brian Hurwitz -  brian.hurwitz@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of English

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

An undergraduate clinical qualification, eg in Medicine or Nursing, or at least a 2:1 bachelors degree (or overseas equivalent) in a humanities or a science discipline. Other relevant degree-level qualifications will be considered.

 

Application procedure

Please contact Professor Brian Hurwitz by email in the first instance to express interest in this MSc.

 

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should use their personal statement to explain why they think they are suitable for the course.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

The Medical Humanities are a growing field of scholarship that produces powerful, innovative analyses of today’s healthcare issues. You will study the fundamentals of the field and develop analytical and critical skills that will enable you to address questions such as:

  • Does studying the humanities make us more humane?
  • How are the humanities different from the sciences, and 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 practice?

You will leave us with a deep understanding of how a variety of humanities disciplines conceive of health and illness and of the contributions these can make to healthcare. The disciplines we cover include Philosophy, Literature, Film, Psychiatry, Art History and Nursing leading to skills in the visual, bioethical, literary, historical and philosophical analyses of healthcare.

Based on our previous Literature and Medicine MA, this MSc allows you to choose from a broader range of modules, interact with a wider range of students, and gain a firm grounding in the medical humanities by following common required modules. Your fellow students will come from a wide variety of academic and health backgrounds, from biosciences such as medicine, nursing, psychology and from health law, social work and humanities such as philosophy, film and literary studies..

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will give you five to nine hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 34 hours of
self-study.

If you are a part-time student, we will give you three to five hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars in your first year and two to four hours in your second, and we will expect you to undertake 23 hours of self-study in your first year and 11 in your second.

You will write your dissertation in your summer, for which we will give you four hours of supervision.

Assessment

We will normally assess you through coursework. Typically, 20-credit modules will be assessed through a 4,000-word essay and 40-credit modules through two 4,000-word essays. Your dissertation will be a 15,000-word essay.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Course purpose

The MSc in Medical Humanities incorporates the previous King's MA Literature and Medicine programmes. The course allows students to choose a broader range of modules within their degree, interact with a wider range of students, and gain a firm footing in the medical humanities by following common core modules. Students will come from a wide variety of academic and health backgrounds: biosciences such as medicine, nursing, psychology; from health law and social work and humanities trainings in philosophy, film and/or literary studies. They will develop further skills in visual, bioethical, literary, historical and philosophical analyses of health care.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspxwww.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/medical_law; www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/index/name/philosophy_of_mental_disorder

Course format and assessment

Seminar-based teaching; dissertation workshops; assessment by coursework.

Extra information

MSc Medical Humanities
Centre for the Humanities and Health

Structure

  • Required Modules

    • Themes in Medical Humanities (40 credits)
    • Advanced Skills for the Medical Humanities (20 credits)
    • Dissertation (60 credits)

    If you are a part-time student, you will take your dissertation, along with two modules from the list below in your second year. You will take the rest in your first year.

    Advanced Skills For The Medical Humanities
    Themes in the Medical Humanities

    Optional Modules

    Choose three modules (totalling 60 credits) from a range that typically includes:

    • Illness Narrative as Life Writing (20 credits)
    • The Concept of Mental Disorder (20 credits)
    • Narrative, Medicine: Narrative Medicine 20 credits)
    • Medicine on Screen (20 credits)
    • Medical Discourses (30 credits)
    • Body Languages: A Transmedia Approach
    • The Clinical Encounter in 20th century French Literature (20 credits)
    • Genres of Science Writing in the Nineteenth Century (20 credits)
    • The History of the Senses, 1680-1820  (20 credits)
    • Body and Society in Early Modern Europe (20 credits)
    • People, Portraits and Things (20 credits)
    • London Histories of Medicine & Science (20 credits)
    • Law and Reproduction I and II (20 credits each)
    • Up to 30 credits from master’s modules offered by the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, subject to approvals.

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

    Literature & Psychiatry In The Twentieth Century
    Medical Discourses
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Career prospects

The programme will appeal to you if you are a medical or health professional, a student of health policy or if you want to pursue further academic study in medicine and/or the humanities, if you are hoping to study on a Medical Humanities PhD programme or if you are thinking about a career in journalism or bioethics.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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