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Medicine in Society

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This course will give you the tools to develop your skills as a practitioner or analyst of medicine and healthcare.
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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Annamaria Carusi

On this course you'll explore key topics in medicine and health 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.

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

The course gives you the tools to develop your skills as a practitioner or analyst of medicine and healthcare – in whatever capacity, as a researcher, doctor, or in policy, governance, communication or public engagement and education around medicine.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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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

  • Health and Social Justice                                              
  • Sociology of Health and Illness                                  
  • Policing the Family: Welfare, Eugenics and Love in Early 20th Century Britain                                       
  • Medical Humanity? Medicine and Identity                                           
  • Contemporary Challenges in Global Health Law                                 
  • Philosophy of Medicine 1: Knowledge and Practice                                          
  • Philosophy of Medicine 2: Medicine, Ethics and Society                                 
  • Philosophy of Psychology                                            
  • Digital Health                                    
  • Global Health and Global Politics (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.