Taught course

Medical Humanities

King's College London · Department of English

Entry requirements

An undergraduate clinical qualification, eg in Medicine or Nursing, or at least a 2:1 bachelors degree (or overseas equivalent) in a humanities or a science discipline. Other relevant degree-level qualifications will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
+44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232