SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

MA Medical Anthropology (2020 entry)

Select year of entry: 2020 2019

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Overview

Our MA Medical Anthropology comprises two pathways catering for candidates with or without anthropological training. 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.

The programme is distinctive not only in its comparative approach and focus on health issues pertaining to the so-called Global South, but also in it being informed by clinical, STS, as well as anthropological perspectives. It offers insights into the evolution of modern medicine and its key institutional, cultural, and ethical tenets as well as discourses and practices. The key aim is to engage in a cultural critique of biomedical assumptions, while also upholding a serious engagement with biomedical knowledge/mindsets in order to explore what they can offer anthropology. The programme provides a historical overview of the sub-discipline of medical anthropology as well as an understanding of interpretive medical anthropology and critical medical anthropology.

The degree combines anthropological theory with ethnographic research in order to examine historical and contemporary dilemmas in medicine and to cover a range of topics including health in relation to gender, race, language, memory, psychoanalysis, science and technology, and religion. Students will also be introduced to the moral implications of ongoing cultural and technological shifts, and will be asked to consider these debates as frameworks to engage with current affairs and global conditions pertaining to health, inequality, conflict, and justice.

Notions of health, illness are shaped by social, cultural, political, and technological forces. Questions of health and disease are thus inextricably linked with questions of science, technology, modernity, religion, gender, race, colonialism, capitalism, globalisation, and humanitarianism. As such, this programme focuses on epistemological issues arising from conceptualisations of the body, the politics of disease, as well as the social construction of health and illness, of patient and physician, of the normal and the pathological.

Introducing students to relevant theoretical framework as well as ethnographies, the programme will underscore phenomenological perspectives as well as analyses of the political economy of health. There is a strong cross-cultural and comparative approach in this module, manifest in our engagement with ethnographic and theoretical contributions from the so-called Global South.


This programme has a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates moving on to find employment in academia and beyond in areas such as healthcare, information and technology, government service, the media and tourism.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Email: ob8@soas.ac.uk

Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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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 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,685
Overseas fees:
£19,930

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. This is a Band 1 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

Convenors

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 180 credits in total: 120 credits of modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words at 60 credits.

NB: All students must audit the compulsory module, Ethnographic Research Methods during term 1.  This will not count towards the 180 credits.  Students will be expected to attend only lectures and do not attend seminars or submit any assessments.  Students may choose to take this module (worth 15 credits) as part of their 120 credits from the option lists.

Programme Detail

Dissertation

All students must complete a Dissertation (10,000 words)

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 60 Full Year
For students WITHOUT previous Anthropology degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective 15PANC093 30 Full Year
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
AND

Choose a module from the List A below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose module(s) from the List A or List B below to the value of 45 credits

OR

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 45 credits

For students WITH previous Anthropology degree
Core Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective 15PANC093 30 Full Year
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
AND

Choose a module from the List A below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose module(s) from the List A or List B below to the value of 75 credits

OR

Choose Post Graduate Language modules to the value of 75 credits

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 15 Term 1
Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 15 Term 2
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 30 Full Year
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Development Practice 15PDSH013 15 Term 1
Famine and food security 15PDSH022 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Gender and Development 15PDSH010 15 Term 1
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 15 Term 2 Not Running 2019/2020
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 15 Term 1
Media Production Skills (Group B) 15PANH050 15 Term 2
Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 15 Term 1
Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 15 Term 1 Not Running 2019/2020
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 15 Term 1
Death and Religion 15PSRC162 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year Not Running 2019/2020

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Modules

In the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, most postgraduate modules have a one or two-hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different teachers to provide a variety of angles on the subject.  The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.

The Dissertation

These are taken by final-year students only, its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

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 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2019/20 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
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£9,685 £19,930 £4,843 £9,965 £3,228 £6,643 £4,843 £9,965

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-07 16:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 16:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award

Application Deadline: 2019-01-31 00:00

SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-28 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2019-03-14 16:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2019-02-20 16:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2019-06-05 16:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A Masters in Medical Anthropology helps you to understand the world, other peoples’ ways of life and how society is organised.

This programme will endow you with specialist understanding of producers, audiences, and other cultural and social aspects of mass media. 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

The best thing about studying Anthropology is that it makes you look at things from a different perspective – things that you consider ‘normal’ are not necessarily so

Selja Ryoppy

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