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 & 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.
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.
You will write your dissertation in your summer, for which we will give you four hours of supervision.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.
This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London gives you easy access to important medico-historical and cultural resources, including libraries, galleries, archives and museums, for example The Wellcome Collection and Library, the Hunterian Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the British Library. You will also be studying in one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities with a huge number of cultural and social opportunities.
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