Birkbeck’s MA Applied Medical Humanities is designed to help medical practitioners explore and understand their complex, everyday clinical experiences with diverse patients and cultures. Medical humanities is a rich interdisciplinary field of study in which medicine and its practices are examined through the lenses of the humanities disciplines, including art, cultural and critical studies, film, history, law, literature and philosophy.

This practice-based programme utilises the insights and skills of the humanities disciplines to support the development of the professional capabilities, values and behaviours defined by the GMC and NMC and core to clinical practice. Its focus on the integration of medicine and humanities will help you develop a deeper understanding of your clinical practice, locate ways of enhancing patient care and explore strategies for your own self-care. You will acquire new skills in verbal and written communication, research and critical analysis that will expand your existing professional skill-set.

Study Details:

MA 2 years part-time

Module Details:


  • A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing
  • Perspectives, Practices and Patients (Core 1)
  • Psycho-Social Research: Working Below the Surface


  • Histories and Representations of Medicine: Practices and Pedagogies
  • Third Spaces: working with your own and other cultures (Core 2)


  • MA Applied Medical Humanities Dissertation

Student Destinations

Graduates go in to careers in healthcare, medicine, education and management. Possible professions include healthcare service manager, general practice or hospital doctor, or health promotion specialist. This degree may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, management consultant, or science writer.


Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa – Part-time international students: £7600 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

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