The Medicine, Health and Public Policy programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. 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 totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 - 18,000 words.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying 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.
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.
Course format and assessment
Teaching involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops that place an emphasis on group dialogue, presentations and debate. Assessment includes a mix of examinations, written work and oral presentations.
The programme also requires 15-18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Medicine, Health and Public Policy.
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