Taught course

Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language

Institution
SOAS University of London · Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Who is this programme for?

Intercalating medical students, or students intending to pursue a medical degree.
Students with a degree in the social sciences or humanities wishing to acquire a broad understanding of medical anthropology with reference to Asia or Africa, but also including other parts of the world.
People with professional experience in medical practice who have an interest in cross-cultural understandings of health and illness.
Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics in the anthropology of medicine.
Students without a previous degree in Anthropology looking for an MA conversion degree to serve as a qualification for pursuing a further research degree in anthropology.
The two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with a country in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language courses will enable them to reach a near proficient knowledge of the language.
As one might expect of study at SOAS, our programme is unique in that we take a cultural and phenomenological approach to the anthropology of medicine. That is, we stress a truly cross-cultural method, one which unites all medical systems in a unified comparative perspective. This allows students to grasp the underlying principles and questions common to all therapeutic systems. Given the diversity of the School’s courses, students may choose options which strengthen either the humanities or the development studies aspects of their interests.

It can also be taken with an intensive language pathway over two years, therefore making this programme unique in Europe.

The Japanese pathway is available for students who have an intermediate level of Japanese. Students will be required to take a placement exam in the week before classes begin in order to determine if their level is suitable. Please contact Professor Drew Gerstle (ag4@soas.ac.uk) for further information.

The Korean pathway is designed for beginner learners of Korean. Students with prior knowledge of Korean are advised to contact the programme convenor, Dr Anders Karlsson (ak49@soas.ac.uk). Students will take four course units in the Korean language, one of them at a Korean university during the summer after year 1.

The Arabic pathway is designed for beginner learners of Arabic. Students will take four units of Arabic, one of them at the Qasid Institute in Jordan or another partner institution during the summer after year 1. Programme convenor: Dr Mustafa Shah (ms99@soas.ac.uk)

Information for international students

Information, including English language requirements, can be found here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/admissions/international/

Fees and funding

Please check https://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/funding/ for details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
study@soas.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7898 4700