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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 11980 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 23400 per year
The MA Medical Anthropology and Mental Health is a unique interdisciplinary programme designed to address pressing global challenges in health and mental health from diverse perspectives. This degree is distinctive in its comparative approach and focus on cultures of health and wellbeing pertaining to the so-called Global South, and is informed by clinical, psychological, philosophical, biomedical, STS, and anthropological perspectives.
You will be introduced to the practices and perspectives of medical and psychological anthropology and anthropological studies of health and wellbeing in relation to institutional belief systems, philosophies, and practices. You will also learn about the bioethical implications of ongoing cultural and technological shifts and the ethical stakes of a wide range of healing philosophies and practices. This will enable you to consider these debates as frameworks to engage with current affairs and global conditions pertaining to health, inequality, conflict, and justice.
In the aftermath of the pandemic our society has gained an increased awareness of the embedded-ness of health and mental health in socio-political and historical contexts. This programme will attract those with a cross-disciplinary interest in mental health, public health, health policy, humanitarianism, and global justice. It will appeal to various students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health and mental health in particular, as well as for those who work in health care, including students health practitioners, and dentistry, nursing, medical, and pre-med students. We accommodate students of medicine and medical sciences who are interested in combining their training with an MA degree in anthropology.
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