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The MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society is a full-time nine-month course that provides students with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University. Students will acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests, as well as a critical and well-informed understanding of the roles of the history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine.

Those intending to go on to doctoral work will learn the research skills needed to help them prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal. During the course students gain experience of presenting their own work and discussing the issues that arise from it with an audience of their peers and senior members of the Department; they will attend lectures, supervisions and research seminars in a range of technical and specialist subjects central to research in the different areas of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine.

The MPhil is jointly run by the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology. It is a full-time course and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are to:

  • give students with relevant training at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in Health, Medicine and Society (HMS) under close supervision;
  • give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests;
  • enable students to acquire a critical and well-informed understanding of the roles of the history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of  health and medicine; and
  • help students intending to go on to doctoral work to acquire the requisite research skills and to prepare a well-planned and focussed PhD proposal.

Each student will write two pieces of work chosen from four core modules and one piece of work chosen from the optional modules:

Core modules

  1. History of medicine
  2. Philosophy and ethics of medicine
  3. Medical sociology
  4. Medical anthropology

Optional variable modules

  1. History of medicine: Public and environmental health
  2. History of medicine: Reproduction
  3. Philosophy and ethics of medicine: Health justice and inequalities
  4. Philosophy and ethics of medicine: Medical epistemologies
  5. Medical Sociology: Ethnographies of biomedicine
  6. Medical Sociology: Sex, gender and the body
  7. Medical Anthropology: Anthropology and epidemics
  8. Medical Anthropology: Global health

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • developed a deeper knowledge of their chosen areas of history, philosophy, sociology and social anthropology of health and medicine and of the critical debates within them;
  • acquired a conceptual understanding that enables the evaluation of current research and methodologies; and
  • formed a critical view of the roles of the health, medicine and society.

Skills and other attributes

By the end of the course, students should have:

  • acquired or consolidated methodological, linguistic, technical and ancillary skills appropriate for research in their chosen area;
  • demonstrated independent judgement, based on their own research; and
  • presented their own ideas in a public forum and learned to contribute constructively within an international environment.

Continuing

Students admitted for the MPhil can apply to continue as PhD students. The usual preconditions for continuing to the PhD are an overall first-class mark in the MPhil, a satisfactory performance in an interview and agreement of the PhD proposal with a potential supervisor.


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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2018

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
June 14, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 6, 2017
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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