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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society

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The MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society offers a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and research, combining world class faculty with outstanding institutional resources. It is designed to provide you with combined advanced skills in the social, ethical and historical analysis of health and medicine.

This 9 month course is a collaborative initiative between the world-leading departments of History and Philosophy of Science, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

In addition to history, sociology and anthropology, the course includes ethics and philosophy, offering an unparalleled educational experience. No other programme can match Cambridge’s breadth and concentration of expertise in this exciting and rapidly expanding subject area.

What this course offers:

  • Introductions to relevant research methods across the disciplines
  • A high-level multi-disciplinary approach to theory and methodology
  • Support in developing familiarity with key scholarly literatures
  • Seminars, supervisions and talks in a range of technical or specialist subjects central to research in the different areas of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine
  • Support in carrying out focussed research under close, expert supervision
  • The opportunity to discuss your own work with with an audience of your peers and senior members of the departments

What you will take away:

  • Skills and expertise relevant to your research interests
  • A critical and well-informed understanding of the current thinking in history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine
  • Confidence in empirical and conceptual analysis
  • The skills to present a well-researched and focussed PhD proposal, should you wish to go on to doctoral study

For more detailed information about the course and to apply, visit the course page on the Postgraduate Admissions website.