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About the course

The MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society is a full-time 9-month course that is jointly run by the Departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Sociology and Social Anthropology. The course provides students with the opportunity to carry out focused research under close supervision by senior members of the University.

Programme Specification

Code of Practice for MPhil Students

Students will acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests, as well as a critical and well-informed understanding of discourses of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine. Those intending to go on to doctoral work will learn the research skills needed to help them prepare a well-planned and focused PhD proposal. During the course students gain experience of presenting their own work and discussing the issues that arise from it with an audience of their peers and senior members of academic staff; they will attend seminars and supervisions in a range of technical and specialist subjects central to research in the history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine.


The course is overseen by the MPhil Manager, who takes responsibility for day-to-day oversight of the course and liaison with staff and students. The MPhil Manager for 2017-18 is Dr Lauren Kassell.

Students also choose a ‘home’ subject and are appointed a corresponding Subject Manager, who guides them in formulating a programme of study. For 2017-18 the Subject Managers are:

  • History of Medicine: Dr Lauren Kassell
  • Medical anthropology: Dr Maryon McDonald
  • Medical Sociology: Dr Robert Pralat
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine: Dr Stephen John (Michaelmas)

Students are introduced to the staff involved in teaching and co-ordinating the course at the induction meeting in early October, and meet with the MPhil Manager and their Subject Manager regularly throughout the year to discuss their plans and progress, and to receive help and advice as needed.

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