Taught course

Health, Cultures and Societies

University of Liverpool · School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology

Entry requirements

The normal requirement for entry on to a taught programme is a good 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study.

Months of entry


Course content

Matters of health are simultaneously matters of society and culture. The MA in Health, Cultures and Societies provides an exciting opportunity to explore issues around health, illness, wellbeing, and medicine, and acquire advanced training in associated methods within a critical practice-oriented framework distinctive to the University and the city of Liverpool.

Closely linked to the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities, the MA in Health, Cultures and Societies is an enthusiastically cross-disciplinary initiative focused on Environmental Humanities, Arts and Mental Health and Critical Medical Humanities.

If you enrol for the programme you will benefit from research-connected teaching in a wide range of disciplines, including Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, English, Geography, History, Law, Literature, Music, Medicine, Psychology, Public Health, and Sociology, among others. The MA in Health, Cultures and Societies prepares you for innovative research within, between and beyond these disciplines. In addition, as a graduate of this MA programme you will have the opportunity to enhance your future employment opportunities by engaging closely with the Centre’s external partners in the Liverpool and Merseyside region through collaborative research, student placements and internships.

The programme aims at offering a flexible and responsive curriculum, which integrates teaching and research and is dedicated to developing confident, well-rounded, and intellectually open students. Its core modules ensure students’ digital fluency, and its outward-facing and international scope develops confident global citizens and future research leaders.

This course is the right one for you if you are interested in:

  • Advancing your knowledge and understanding of the field of medical and health humanities
  • Cultivating an appreciation of the range of disciplines, subject areas and knowledge domains within and beyond the academy which contribute to the field of medical and health humanities
  • Developing an up-to-date and critical awareness of leading theoretical approaches, key methodologies and new debates and practices at the forefront of current research
  • Learning to think independently, critically and creatively with complex material and developing an interdisciplinary outlook
  • Advancing key skills and professional insights which are as relevant to non-academic employment as to further academic (eg doctoral) study
  • Enhancing your understanding of the value of medical and health humanities as a subject of academic study and of its place and significance in the wider (professional, political and socio-cultural) world
  • Becoming a co-producer of knowledge relevant to the medical humanities field through engagement with external partners' activity, culture and ethos.

About the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanitites

The Health, Cultures and Societies MA is a cross-disciplinary master’s that is supported by cross-faculty research and teaching at the University of Liverpool. The master’s benefits from the research and teaching of several subject areas, including: Archaeology, English, Classics, Geography, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Public Health and Sociology. The Health, Cultures and Societies MA is the master’s programme counterpart to the interdisciplinary research and activity of the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities. Spanning three faculties, the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities supports researchers working at the intersections of the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities. It fosters opportunities for inter- and transdisciplinary work, while promoting disciplinary contributions.

The Centre comprises five themes which work in collaboration to generate a series of talks, seminars, exhibitions/displays and symposia, provide opportunities for public engagement and dissemination, support funding applications, postgraduate and early career development. Students on the Health, Cultures and Societies MA will benefit from the opportunities and support that the Centre and its partners can offer whilst studying.

Information for international students

Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Fees and funding

UK students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/health-societies-and-cultures-ma/fees/
International students
See https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/taught/health-societies-and-cultures-ma/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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