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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.
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 Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Programme core module (Must be taken and passed):
The Politics of Health & Medicine - 7SSHM600
Critical Policy Research for Health & Medicine - 7SSHM618
Dissertation in Medicine, Health & Public Policy - 7SSHM003
One of two modules:
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM502
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM503
MSc compulsory modules (Must be taken):
Foundations in Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM720
PG Certificate and DiplomaStudents registered for the PG Certificate take The Politics of Health & Medicine and a further 30 credits from compulsory and/or optional modules. PG Diploma students take all compulsory and core modules (except for the Dissertation) and optional modules to gain a total of 120 credits.
Students can select 30-35 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.
Global Health Ethics - 7SSHM606
Pharmaceuticals & Society - 7SSHM612
Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
Ageing in a Global Context - 7SSHM505
Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
Ethics of Clinical Research - 7SSHM615
Case Studies in Bioethics & Society - 7SSHM617
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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£9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)* ; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£18,420 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£4,725 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; £3,150 (PGDip, 2017/18)*
£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.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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