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Medicine in Society

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.
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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Annamaria Carusi

On this course you’ll explore key topics in medicine in their medical, social and cultural complexity.

Over the duration of the course we’ll introduce you to different disciplinary perspectives on medicine and health, as well as creative and problem-based learning approaches. You’ll develop the interdisciplinary skills needed to tackle complex medical challenges in research and in practice.

You’ll study scholarly texts, as well as (where relevant) art, film, photography, music, and social media, and use a range of media when researching and communicating topics. The course will develop your skills in critical reading and communication.

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Core modules

  • Interdisciplinary Skills
  • Dissertation

The core module on interdisciplinary research skills involves analysing topical medical challenges from a variety of perspectives.

Optional modules

  • Philosophy of Medicine 1: Research and Practice
  • Philosophy of Medicine 2: Medicine, Ethics and Society
  • Medical Humanity: Medicine and Identity
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Digital Health
  • Health and Social Justice
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Global Health and Global Politics (module running from 2020)


Teaching is by lectures, group seminars and personal tutorials to discuss dissertation topics.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 or higher in a bachelors honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Applications are welcome from intercalating medical students.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Vicky Cottam


The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.