This MA allows you to develop an in-depth understanding of the history of health, medicine and society.
You'll be trained in historical research methods and conceptual and methodological approaches to the history of health, medicine and society. You can combine British, European and African history under the guidance of leading researchers in History, History and Philosophy and Science and Medieval Studies. You'll have the chance to focus on topics and periods that suit your own interests, whether that's the history of health, medicine and society in the Middle Ages or the First World War.
Looking at the health of individuals, families and communities, you could study the human life course from birth to death, the experiences of medical practitioners and caregivers, medicine during periods of war and conflict, or the impact of health policy in different societies. It's an exciting opportunity to explore how health and medicine have always been shaped by the social and cultural context.
We have an exceptional range of resources to help you explore the topics that interest you. The world-class Brotherton Library holds a wealth of resources in its Special Collections, including historical works on health, medicine, cookery and medicinal uses of food, as well as extensive archival material about the history of medicine, surgery and nursing during the First World War and across the region since the eighteenth century.
You'll be encouraged to participate in events run by the School of History's lively ‘Health, Medicine and Society' research group, including seminars, reading group sessions and a postgraduate symposium. You'll also be able to attend a huge range of other events at the University of Leeds, including seminars at the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science and the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities.
You'll also have access to the University's Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine, which is especially rich in its medical collections, and we have close links with the Thackray Medical Museum in east Leeds and its 47,000 medical objects.
The first semester will lay the foundations of your studies, introducing you to historical research methods, and key sources, debates and methodologies in the history of health, medicine and society. You'll take part in a source analysis workshop and gain practical knowledge of documentary, visual and material sources in the university and local area which can be used to study the history of health, medicine and society.
You'll also develop specialist knowledge of the development of the history of medicine and the social history of medicine as historical sub-disciplines, and the place of health and medicine within the discipline of history.
In Semester Two, you'll build on this knowledge with your choice from a wide range of optional modules, including specialist topics such as birth , death and illness in the Middle Ages; Medicine and warfare in the 19th and 20th centuries or disease and sexuality in Africa. You'll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with partner organisations, such as the West Yorkshire Archive Service, by studying the ‘Making History: Archive collaborations' module.
Throughout the programme, you'll develop your knowledge across a variety of areas as well as key skills in research and critical analysis. You'll showcase these skills when you complete your dissertation, which will be independently researched on a topic of your choice and submitted by the end of the programme in September.
If you choose to study part-time, you'll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Research Methodology in History 30 credits
- Dissertation (History of Health, Medicine and Society) 60 credits
- Approaches to the History of Health and Medicine 30 credits
- Making History: Archive Collaborations 30 credits
- Medicine and Warfare in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 30 credits
- Women, Gender and Sexuality: Archives and Approaches 30 credits
- Sexuality and Disease in African History 30 credits
- Contesting Patriarchy: Debating Gender Justice in Colonial and Post-Colonial India. 30 credits
- Lifecycles: Birth, Death and Illness in the Middle Ages 30 credits
- Special Option (History of Science) 30 credits
- Science in the Museum: Interpretations & Practices 30 credits
- The Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic) 30 credits
For more information on typical modules, read History of Health, Medicine and Society MA Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information on typical modules, read History of Health, Medicine and Society MA Part Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods. The majority of your modules will be taught through weekly seminars, where you'll discuss issues and themes in your chosen modules with a small group of students and your tutors. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, giving you the space to shape your own studies and develop your skills.
We use different types of assessment to help you develop a wide range of skills, including presentations, research proposals, project reports and essays, depending on the subjects you choose.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in History or a related subject.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of History postgraduate admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).
How to apply
We usually aim to process your application within 2-4 weeks. However, during the busy April-June period this can take up to six weeks.
We recommend that you apply as early as possible so you can leave enough time to make any arrangements before starting the programme, such as moving to Leeds or visa applications. Application deadlines for scholarships are likely to close much sooner.
Occasionally we may invite applicants to interview before deciding whether to offer them a place.
- Apply (Full time)
- Apply (Part time)
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you need
- A copy of your BA transcript, or a partial one if you are still studying
- Two academic references
- Evidence of your English language qualifications in English isn't your first language.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £7,250 (total)
International: £17,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Please view our Scholarships and Employment page for the latest information about School scholarships.
This programme will heighten your cultural and social awareness as well as allowing you to build your historical knowledge. You'll also gain high-level research, analysis and communication skills that will prove valuable in a wide range of careers.
Graduates have found success in a diverse range of careers in education, research and the private sector. Many others have continued with their studies at PhD level. Your knowledge and skills will appeal to a wide range of employers, including in the charitable, education, healthcare, and heritage sectors .
We offer different forms of support to help you reach your career goals. You'll have the chance to attend our career groups, meeting students with similar plans, or you could become a paid academic mentor to an undergraduate completing their final-year dissertation. You could also apply for one of the internships we offer each year.
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