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Last updated: Septmeber 2022

Undergraduate Programmes featuring medical anthropology

In the UK, bachelor’s programmes specifically focusing on medical anthropology are pretty much non-existent. Having that said, several universities do implement modules in health and medical anthropology in their general undergraduate programmes.

Durham University
Health and Human Sciences (BSc)
All BA/BSc programmes in Anthropology at Durham University implement modules in medical anthropology (social, biological and evolutionary perspectives) in their curricula, and have several elective options. However, Health and Human Sciences is a specific profile.

University College London
Medical Anthropology (IBSc)
This Integrated BSc is uniquely designed to provide Medical students with techniques for gaining cross cultural understanding through specially designed courses including ‘Clinical Ethnography’ and ‘Anthropology for Medical Students’ to provide them with life-long learning skills that they can use throughout their medical career.

University of Bristol
Global Health (BSc)
An intercalated award is an additional undergraduate degree (BSc or BA) or master’s level programme that you complete in an intensive year away from your normal medical, dental or veterinary studies. All UK and international medical, dental and vet students can apply to intercalate.

graduate Programmes in medical anthropology

Durham University
Medical Anthropology (MSc)

SOAS, University of London
Medical Anthropology (MA)
Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language (MA)

University College London
Medical Anthropology (MSc)
Biosocial Medical Anthropology (MSc)

Brunel University London
Medical Anthropology (MSc)

University of Glasgow
Population Health Sciences (MSc)

University of Edinburgh
Medical Anthropology (MSc)
Medical Anthropology (MRes)
Global eHealth (MSc)
Population Health Sciences (MScR)

University of Roehampton
Anthropology of Health (MRes)

University of Oxford
Medical Anthropology (MSc)
International Health and Tropical Medicine (MSc)

University of Cambridge
Health, Medicine and Society (MPhil)

University of Bristol
Health Sciences Research (MRes)
Public Health (MSc)

Queen Mary, University of London
Global Health Geographies (MA)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

While these two UK universities do not offer master’s programmes in medical anthropology specifically, they do offer several programmes of interest to medical anthropologists.

When it comes to PhD and/or MRes in Medical Anthropology, it does not matter whether the department has an established profile/programme or not. As long as you can find an appropriate supervisor, your research can be on any theme or topic.

Medical Humanities

King’s College London
Medical Humanities (MSc)

University of Manchester
Medical Humanities (MSc)

University of Edinburgh
Health Humanities and Arts (MSc)

University College London
Health Humanities (MA)

University Kent
Medical Humanities (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London
Medical Humanities: Bodies, Cultures and Ideas (MA)
Applied Medical Humanities (MA)