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Degree type

MA

Course length

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Location

Online

Program code

Q3KF07

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Course details

The MA in Medical Humanities (Online) in an interdisciplinary distance learning MA led by Durham's Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH), and the Department of English Studies. The MA is suitable for students whose undergraduate training is in Anthropology, English, Geography, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Sociology, or other related disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The MA is also suitable for students from backgrounds in health and social care seeking to bring humanities and social sciences perspectives to bear in their professional practice.

The main aims of the course are to provide a rigorous introduction to the variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to health which make up the critical medical humanities and to equip you to undertake further research into health and human experience in a variety of contexts. The programme offers outstanding interdisciplinary training to equip you with the skills you need for your future career. It is taught by specialists who are members of the IMH, primarily from the Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Sociology.

You will become part of the vibrant research communities both within departments and the IMH. In particular, students become members of the Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers (PGECR) network in Medical Humanities, which organises regular seminars, conferences and social events.

All students on the MA in Medical Humanities (Online) take two core modules. Concepts and Frameworks in the Critical Medical Humanities, and Reimagining Health Research (30 credits each). You will also write a dissertation (60 credits), supervised by one of Durham's specialists, which allows you to focus on a specialist topic of your choice in the Medical Humanities. You will also take optional modules from participating Departments to bring your course total to 180 credits (MA). All elements of the MA have embedded within them a range of interdisciplinary content and skills.

Course Structure

Our two core modules, Critical Concepts and Frameworks in Medical Humanities, and Reimagining Health Research, develop advanced skills in interpreting and using a range of different kinds of data, from textual and material sources to data gathered through a range of qualitative methods.

Optional modules available in 2022/23 include:

  • Illness as Narrative Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Medical Law
  • Neurodiversity and the Humanities

Medical Humanities Access Award

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Institute for Medical Humanities is offering a Masters scholarship to support ethnic minority students access Durham’s new Master of Arts in Medical Humanities.

Find out eligibility criteria and how to apply here

Learning

The MA in Medical Humanities (Online) is delivered wholly online through a range of lectures, workshops and scaffolded learning assignments. You will have one-to-one meetings with course convenors and expert supervision in your Critical Medical Humanities dissertation.

Entry requirements

At least one of the following:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree
  • Active enrolment on an intercalated UG/PG medical degree programme
  • At least five years work in a professional environment with relevance to health and/or medicine, with at least two years in some form of leadership role
  • Successful completion of the associated PG Certificate programme

A 500-word personal statement which should include the following:

  • An outline of your interest in an interdisciplinary MA in Medical Humanities
  • What skills and knowledge you would bring to the course
  • What skills and knowledge you would hope to acquire
  • An indication of your planned area of research

Two professional and/or academic references from people who are familiar with your work, commenting on your suitability for the programme

A brief one-on-one interview with a programme convenor.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £10,800 per year
EU students £22,900 per year
Island students £10,800 per year
International students £22,900 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

English Studies

Our graduates are highly valued by employers. They progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors, including arts and theatre management, broadcasting, publishing and journalism, business, accounting, marketing and advertising, teaching, higher education, law, third sector and government positions.

For further information on career options please visit our web pages.

Department information

English Studies

Study literary forms ranging from creative writing to romantic and Victorian literature. The Department of English Studies is one of the largest and most respected English departments in the UK. It provides an inclusive environment that values curiosity, intellectual rigour, imagination and individual response.

For more information see our department webpages.

Rankings

  • World Top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021.
  • 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the English Studies web pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • 90% of our research activity was judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in REF 2014

Facilities

The Department is housed in a Grade II listed building, Hallgarth House and in Elvet Riverside. Both buildings are close to the University’s Bill Bryson Library and the special collections in the Palace Green Library. The Department has strong links with the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Institute for Medical Humanities, the Centre for Poetry and Poetics, which oversees the archive of the distinguished Northumbrian modernist poet, Basil Bunting, and the Institute of Advanced Study.

Durham students run their own English Society, which provides many opportunities for theatre visits, especially to the Royal Shakespeare Company season in Newcastle every year. There is also a strong tradition of student drama and music within the Department and the University as a whole.

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