MA Medicine in Society

Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, 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.

I chose the University of Sheffield because of the proven track record in medical research. Some of the teachers are people whose work I have read about in science journals. It is fascinating to be taught by the experts in the field.

Gbadebo Adeleke, Postgraduate student in the School of Medicine

About the course

2018 start

Course description

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.

Medical students and laptopCore 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
  • Global Health and Global Politics


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars


  • Essays
  • Portfolio work
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 or higher in a bachelors honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Intercalating medical students will need to meet the general requirements for intercalation.

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

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Annamaria Carusi
Course Director
0114 2159517

Mrs Vicky Cottam
Administrative Lead
0114 215 9504

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