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Medicine, Health and Public Policy MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert



The Medicine, Health and Public Policy study programme examines the political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of contemporary trends in medicine, biosciences and health. The multidisciplinary nature of the course creates an ideal study pathway for health professionals, graduates and policy-makers to gain an understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society. 

Key benefits

  • Internationally recognised faculty, who have trained across a range of disciplines from sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, socio-legal studies and political science to psychology, bioethics, philosophy, biology and medicine.
  • Covers a broad range of substantive topics and offers a wide selection of specialist options addressing critical social and ethical concerns.
  • You will learn to think analytically and independently about key issues and develop essential skills to support critical policy and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Interdepartmental study programme offers a varied and exciting range of research options.
  • Opportunities to join a thriving research community, to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events such as reading groups and roundtable discussions.
  • Options to complete a PG Diploma (coursework only) or PG Certificate.

Key information

Application status Open

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

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK180-190/ECTS90-95

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Courtney Davis

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 Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. Also desirable is evidence of active engagement in relevant activities and an attentive concern for the relationships between medicine, science and society demonstrated by reading and otherwise following current national and international issues.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete applications with supporting uploaded documents. Please see our website for more details. We aim to process applications within three weeks; during holiday periods applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Your personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. You should explain why you are interested in the MSc Medicine, Science & Society; you could include, for example, details of your motivation and your relevant knowledge, experience or skills. We look for candidates who have a strong academic background, demonstrate a focused interest in the programme and are committed to advanced interdisciplinary study.

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.


Course detail


The Medicine, Health and Public Policy programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time, and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. You will gain in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the policy implications of developments in health and medicine from social scientific and ethical perspectives.
The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. The MSc pathway requires modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 - 18,000 words.
The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a minimum total of 120 credits and a maximum of 125 credits to complete the programme.
The Postgraduate Certificate route requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits and a maximum of 65 credits to complete the programme.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MSc qualification part-time, your programme will take two years to complete; Part-time students will be expected to take The Politics of Health & Medicine, Critical Policy Research, and one optional module in year one, with the remaining required modules taken in year two.

Course purpose

The MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society. Teaching focuses on cutting-edge research within socio-ethical studies of health, medicine and public policy, and provides a firm grounding in the knowledge, analytical techniques and research methods used within advanced social research. In doing so, it equips students with a set of skills and understandings that are necessary for future careers in the fields of policymaking and regulation, in health-related governmental and non-governmental agencies, and in university teaching and research. 

Further literature Medicine, Health & Public Policy

Course format and assessment

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshopsthat place an emphasis on group dialogue, presentations and debate. Assessment includes a mix of examinations, written work and oral presentations. 

The MSc study programme also requires 15-18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Medicine, Health and Public Policy.

Extra information

The MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy is a unique and innovative programme that offers advanced interdisciplinary training in social scientific research on contemporary forms of medicine and bioscience, and the social, political and ethical issues associated with them. It attracts students from around the globe who have a diverse range of academic backgrounds, and provides them with the opportunity to learn advanced skills in research and analysisfrom some of the world’s leading social science experts. Students acquire broad knowledge of health-related social research,as well as specialist understandings that result from the pursuit of in-depth research on topics of their own choosing. More details can be found on our website, here.



Career prospects

Students may go on to pursue careers in academia, in the fields of policymaking, research, and regulation in the public and private sectors, in government agencies, think-tanks and in national and international NGOs. We collaborate closely with the Careers & Employability Office at King's College London to enhance the employability of our students, and we organise targeted careers sessions with guest-speakers from relevant fields.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)* ; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £3,150 (PGDip, 2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £6,140 (PGDip, 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. 


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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