The Master of Arts in Health and Society in South Asia at the University of Heidelberg combines Medical Anthropology with South Asian Studies. The programme imparts theories and methods of medical anthropology and includes a variety of health-related topics, such as plural medical systems, social justice and health, mental, public, and global health, as well as ethnographic methods.
The programme was designed to offer an interdisciplinary approach, where students may attend courses taught at other departments of the South Asia Institute, such as political science or geography, as well as those offered by other institutes, such as the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies and the Institute of Anthropology. Students also regularly attend the Medical Anthropology Forum, a lecture series in which senior and junior scholars of Medical Anthropology and related disciplines present and discuss their latest research.
At the conclusion of their studies, students will have gained a broader understanding of Medical Anthropology in the context of South Asia at large. The Master’s degree programme places great emphasis on teaching, presentation, and academic working skills, as well as on field work methods.
Occupational AreasThe Master’s degree programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a health-related career in South Asia, as well as for those who plan to go on to doctoral studies in Anthropology or related disciplines. Graduates of the programme find professional positions in such areas as:
- The development and humanitarian sectors, especially, though not exclusively, in South Asian countries
- Medicine-related fields (e.g. as hospital director, consultant for NGOs)
- PhD studies in Anthropology or Public Health
- Academic careers in Anthropology and related disciplines
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Programme StructureThematic and regional modules may vary from year to year; they often include:
- Mental Health
- Ritual Healing
- Reproductive Health
- Anthropology of the Body
- Development and Public Health
- Globalization and Medicine
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Sociology Health Sciences View 33 other Masters in Health Sciences in Germany
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Certified copy of your higher education entrance qualification, if applicable a certified translation into English, German or French
Certified copies of all higher education diplomas, including a list of grades per semester and your universities grading system, if applicable a certified translation into English, German or French
Letter detailing your reasons for applying
2 letters of reference
Copy of your passport
3 passport photos
If applicable: your IELTS (or equivalent TOEFL) score. Test scores can be sent separately, as soon as available
International3000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.
Living costs for Heidelberg
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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