Taught course

Applied Medical Humanities

Birkbeck, University of London · English and Humanities

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Birkbeck's interdisciplinary MA Applied Medical Humanities draws together the emergent fields of medical humanities and intercultural medicine, to help medical practitioners explore and understand their complex, everyday clinical experiences with diverse patients and cultures. The course has been designed for medical and healthcare professionals who would like to engage with the arts and humanities, including art, cultural and critical studies, film, history, law, literature, philosophy and visual studies.

You will explore assorted representations of the human body in different genres within the arts and humanities, consider what culture is and ask what it means to be human. The course is focused on finding ways to integrate medical science with these interests and concerns in the humanities, to help you develop a richer understanding of your clinical practice and the place of medicine within contemporary society. The MA also uniquely contextualises Western medicine and considers the cultural specificity of medicine in Britain and other countries, so you will undertake a placement within another medical tradition at the end of your first year.

You will also acquire valuable new skills in verbal and written communication, research and critical analysis.

The course's intensive, practice-based modules make it possible for full-time clinicians and healthcare professionals, from the UK and overseas, to combine study with clinical commitments.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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