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MA Cultures and Environments of Health - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021
Contact

Programme Director Dr Felicity Thomas
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723044 (non-UK)

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline History

Overview

  • Based in the inter-disciplinary Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health, you will benefit from engaged and transformative research, which draws on medical humanities, social sciences and medical sciences.
  • Examine how experiences of health, illness and medical knowledge are shaped by diverse environments, cultural practices and beliefs.
  • Explore how diverse types of evidence about health and wellbeing are used across different disciplines and sectors, and the impacts this has on the ways we conceive, respond to, and experience health and social care.
  • Investigate how evidence from the medical humanities and social sciences can be used to help develop and evaluate innovative and effective public health initiatives.
  • Upon graduation, you will be equipped to become a leader in transforming health research and health and social care practice within a range of professions.

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Develop transferable skills, specialist knowledge and professional experience through interdisciplinary teaching

 

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Opportunities for health and social care professionals to undertake reflective learning through focused project work

Learn how to engage with, and communicate complex ideas across diverse publics, practitioners and policy makers

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in the social sciences, humanities or medical sciences.
Applications from industry professionals, or applicants with relevant work experience will also be welcomed.
All applicants should provide a personal statement explaining their interest in the programme and how it fits with their earlier studies.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This exciting, interdisciplinary programme examines the intersections between the medical humanities, social sciences and medical sciences in addressing some of the most urgent global challenges confronting human health and wellbeing. The programme is ideal for graduates who are planning, or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, or health and social care, and those working in health and wellbeing related fields within the statutory, third or community sectors.

The programme has been designed to enable you to recognise and assess the cultural and environmental contexts of health and wellbeing anywhere in the world, and to build your skills to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders to enact meaningful and transformative change.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time

 

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health is delighted to be able to offer up to four full bursaries for our MA programme, one of which will be specifically for low-income applicants from Black or other Minority Ethnic backgrounds. For further information on these bursaries, please visit our webpages below:

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Teaching and research

Drawing on the teaching expertise of researchers from across the medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities, this MA delivers transformative learning opportunities that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

Learning and teaching

The taught component of this programme is delivered in the first two terms (full time programme) or five terms (part time programme). During this time, you will also be helped to develop a dissertation project to be completed within the remaining six months. We encourage students to develop their project alongside existing Wellcome Centre activities or in conjunction with the wide range of organisations we collaborate with. Part-time students may be able to develop dissertation projects within their workplace settings if appropriate.

How will I learn

All materials are designed for Masters level and will involve lectures, case studies, seminars and group discussions. Across and within modules, there is considerable scope for you to direct your learning towards particular fields of interest, especially through your choice of dissertation project.

Assessment

Taught modules will be assessed through essays, written reports and presentations. We use case studies and problem-based learning approaches to encourage you to work collaboratively and learn from each other. Where possible we will include field trips to local community health projects to contextualise your learning.

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Careers

Graduates of this Masters programme are well placed to become leaders in transforming health research and health and social care practice within a range of professions. Some examples include:

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • National and international NGOs
  • Statutory sector e.g. housing, social care
  • Civil society and social enterprise innovating in transformative health

The programme also prepares you for further research, and some graduates may want to go on to PhD study within the Wellcome Centre or elsewhere.