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MA Cultures and Environments of Health - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2023
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline History

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

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • 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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Programme Director: Dr Felicity Thomas

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Discover MA Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter.

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


Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Car. REF 2021.

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


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.


2023/24 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,000 full-time; £5,500 part-time

International fees per year:

£22,500 full-time; £11,250 part-time

Dedicated Scholarship awards available

As part of our Global Excellence Scholarship scheme we have additional dedicated funding for international students studying on MA Cultures and Environments of Health, with up to 12 x £5,000 awards available for 2022 entry. We encourage all international offer holders to submit an application for these awards before the closing date. More information about these awards can be found here: Global Excellence Scholarships.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

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.


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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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.