MA Medical Anthropology

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Medical Anthropology

SOAS University of London

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

Structure

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

All students are expected to take the core and compulsory modules listed below, except for students with a previous Anthropology degree, who are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module but may wish to select this as part of their 120 credits from the options lists.

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.

All students are required to take 15 credits from list A.

The remaining credits can be selected from the relevant lists in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology or relevant options from other departments or a language module. See below for a detailed programme structure.

Language Entitlement Programme:

Many students choose to pursue a language through the SOAS Language Entitlement Programme (LEP). Languages normally available include Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Others may also be offered.

COMPULSORY MODULES

Students without a previous Anthropology degree are required to take all the compulsory modules, totalling at 90 credits. Students with a previous Anthropology degree are not required to take the Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology module, totalled at 60 credits. All students are required to audit the Ethnographic Research Methods module. This will not count towards your 180 credits.

  • Dissertation in Anthropology and Sociology 15PANC999 (60credits) Full Year
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30 credits) Full Year

CORE MODULE

All students must take the core module worth 30 credits.

  • Cultural Understandings of Health 15PANC093 (30 credits) Full Year

LISTS A, B & LANGUAGE OPTIONS

  • Students without a previous Anthropology degree: 15 credits of your programme must be selected from list A; the remaining 45 credits can be selected from lists A, B or a language option. Students with a previous Anthropology degree: 15 credits of your programme must be selected from list A; the remaining 75 credits can be selected from list A, B or a language module.

LIST A

Anthropology and Sociology

  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Anthropological approaches to agriculture, food and nutrition 15PANH053 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in Mind, Culture and Psychiatry 15PANH032 (15credits) Term 2
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15credits) Term 2
  • Perspectives On Development 15PANH033 (15credits) Term 1

Development Studies

  • Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15credits) Term 1
  • Development Practice 15PDSH013 (15credits) Term 2
  • Famine and food security 15PDSH022 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15credits) Term 1

LIST B

Anthropology and Sociology

  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Law 15PANH056 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 (15credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15credits) Term 2
  • Ethnographic Research Methods 15PANH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Media Production Skills 15PANH050 (15credits) Term 2
  • Religions on the move: New Currents and Emerging Trends in Global Religion 15PANH055 (15credits) Term 1
  • Theoretical Approaches to Social Anthropology 15PANC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Tourism and Travel: A Global Perspective 15PANH059 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

History

  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15credits) Term 2

Near and Middle East

  • Modern Trends in Islam 15PNMC228 (30 credits) Full Year

Religions and Philosophies

  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Death and Religion 15PSRC162 (30 credits) Full Year
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Eastern and Orthodox Christianity 15PSRC055 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Mystical Traditions 15PSRC068 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
Information
Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019