12 months
26600 GBP/year
16500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Biosocial Medical Anthropology course from the University College London (UCL) is for those wishing to gain proficiency and understanding of biosocial approaches in examining disease, health and medicine. It draws from cross-disciplinary expertise in medical anthropology, human ecology and environment, and biological anthropology.


The Biosocial Medical Anthropology course from the University College London (UCL) it aims to equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to develop careers that engage with and make use of a biosocial approach.

The degree will introduce students to key themes in the field of biosocial medical anthropology. Topics covered in the core course will include evolutionary medical anthropology, disease ecology, bio-cultural approaches to health, developmental plasticity and local biologies. 

Compulsory methodological training components will provide skills in both quantitative and qualitative research (including statistical analysis) and the integration of these methods. 

Practical class-based exercises, discussions and examples will enable critical engagement with the methodological opportunities and challenges of developing biosocial research and approaches for addressing global and public health, including infectious and chronic disease. 


Biosocial medical anthropology is a new and cutting-edge interdisciplinary approach that will equip students with the skills to think critically about and engage with the biosocial contexts of health, disease and medicine. 

We expect graduates of this programme to be able to apply the skills and expertise learnt from the programme to develop careers in academia, clinical research, public and global health care, government and non-governmental organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Aspects of Applied Medical Anthropology
  • Ecology of Human Groups
  • Population and Development
  • Evolution of Human Brain, Cognition and Language
  • Statistics and Causal Analysis for Qualitative Social Scientists
  • Anthropologies of Science, Society and Biomedicine
  • Reproduction, Sex and Sexuality
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Anthropology and Psychiatry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. For the ‘Open Pathway’ statistical background training will be required (A level or equivalent.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

  • UK: £8,250
  • International: £13,300

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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