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Medicine, Health and Public Policy MSc

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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.

Key information

Application status Open

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

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK180/ECTS90

Course leaders Dr Courtney Davis

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Global Health & Social Medicine



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Course detail


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.

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. 

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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.

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.


Year 1

Required Modules

Programme core module (Must be taken and passed):


MSc compulsory modules (Must be taken):


Optional Modules

Students can select 30 credits of optional modules from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.

*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.

Students may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase their total credits to 200 for the degree.

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

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

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, Health & Public Policy; 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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: TBC £9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: TBC £18,420 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: TBC £4,725 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: TBC £9,210 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*

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. 

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


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.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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