SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Medical Anthropology

duration:
One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£8,295
Overseas fees:
£17,490

This is a Band 2 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Who is this programme for?: The degree is suitable for students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health as well as for those who work in health care in Africa and Asia.

The MA Medical Anthropology comprises two pathways catering for candidates with or without anthropological training. Students come to the course from all over the world, following BA study, work and travel experience or after long careers in other fields. This combination of diverse experience and skills makes for an intellectually exciting atmosphere for both teachers and students.

The course is distinctive in its focus on medical and health issues pertaining to Africa, Asia and Latin America. It covers anthropological theory, cultural understandings of health, and various options. These include combinations of anthropology and food, gender, shamanism and therapy, psychoanalysis, religion and healing in South Asia, China and in Africa, and study of the language and ethnography of a particular region. 

The programme consists of four elements, three examined courses and a dissertation of 10,000 words. The degree is suitable for students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health as well as for those who work in health care in Africa and Asia. The aim of the degree is to provide:

  • A phenomenological understanding of the body, which implies also subjective attitudes to notions of health, sickness, disease, recovery and personal vulnerability
  • an understanding of these experiences within regional, political, economic and cultural contexts

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Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Programme Overview

The programme consists of four units in total: three units of taught examined courses and a one unit dissertation of 10,000 words.

Core Courses:
Foundation Course:
Option Courses - Group A and Group B:
  • Students then choose TWO 0.5 unit courses from the Group A and B lists below.  
  • AT LEAST ONE of the two 0.5 unit courses must come from Group A.
Option Courses:
  • Students not taking Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology may then select their fourth unit (either a single 1.0 unit course or two 0.5 unit courses) from the Option Courses list.
  • Alternatively, one language course may be taken from the Faculty of Languages and Cultures.

 

Programme Detail

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Cultural Understandings of Health 15PANC093 1 Unit Full Year
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 1 Unit Full Year
Foundation Course
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 1 Unit Full Year
Option Courses List 1

Students must choose two of the following half-unit courses, normally with one from group A.

Group A
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 0.5 Unit Term 1
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 0.5 Unit Term 1
Group B
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 0.5 Unit Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 0.5 Unit Term 2
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 0.5 Unit Term 2
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 0.5 Unit Term 2
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 1 Unit Full Year
Aid and development 15PDSH027 0.5 Unit Term 1
Development practice 15PDSH013 0.5 Unit Term 2
Famine and food security 15PDSH022 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Gender and development 15PDSH010 0.5 Unit Term 1
Option Courses List 2

Students choose up to one full-unit course or two half courses from the list below.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of JAPAN 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 0.5 Unit Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 0.5 Unit Term 1
Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhism: Theravadin Traditions 15PSRH003 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Arts in Context 15PSRH001 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Christianity and Social Change in Sub Saharan Africa 15PSRC157 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 1 Unit Full Year
Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 1 Unit Full Year
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 1 Unit Full Year
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 0.5 Unit Term 2
Text and Context in Classical Hinduism 15PSRC007 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 1 Unit Full Year
Death and Religion 15PSRC162 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Media Production Skills 15PANH050 0.5 Unit Term 2
Comparative Study of Islam: Anthropological Perspectives A (Masters) 15PANH047 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Comparative Study of Islam: Anthropological Perspectives B (Masters) 15PANH048 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017 - Must be taken with the first term course - 15PANH047 Comparative Study of Islam: Anthropological Perspectives A (Masters)
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 0.5 Unit Term 1

Programme Specification

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 2 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
£8,295 £17,490 £4,148 £8,745 £2,765 £5,830

Employment

A Masters in Medical Anthropology at SOAS develops students’ understanding of the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised. This programme will also develop a specialist understanding of social processes and cultural representations of health, illness and the nursing/care practices associated with these.  Over the years the SOAS department has trained numerous leading anthropologists who have gone on to occupy lectureships and professorships throughout the world.  Equally, students gain skills during their degree that transfer well to areas such as information and technology, government service, the media and tourism.  

Postgraduate students leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including analytical and critical skills; ability to gather, assess and interpret data; high level of cultural awareness; and problem-solving.  A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Being at SOAS has been one of the most interesting experiences in my life, from both a social and academic point of view. The School has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been. In fact, after my first visit to the university, I decided that if I did not get my grades, I would not go to any other place!

Maryam Ramadan

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