Medical History and Humanities

University of York

M.A. On Campus
12 months
18240 GBP/year
8040 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Medical History and Humanities programme from University of York is an exciting interdisciplinary course jointly run by the Departments of History and English. It is also open to people with backgrounds in other humanities disciplines, as well as those with social science, science and public health backgrounds with an interest in the medical humanities. 


The Medical History and Humanities programme from University of York is shaped by cutting-edge international research spanning the fields of medical history, literature, sociology, philosophy, health sciences and policy. Students and staff from varying disciplines, periods and geographical regions work collaboratively, giving you a distinctive interdisciplinary and international experience.

You'll explore historical, literary, social and cultural perspectives on illness and health, general wellbeing, issues of public health and the history of medicine. You'll examine the links between history, the humanities and policy to gain advanced skills in analysis and critical reflection.

Careers and skills

You will complete this course with the academic, personal, and professional skills needed to pursue further academic research, or expand your career horizons towards health policy analysis, consultancy, or project work in the governmental and non-governmental sectors. You will also have the opportunity to engage in the vibrant research environment of the Centre for Global Health Histories and take advantage of its unique global network, resources, and events.

This course provides unique insights into health and medical policy, meaning you'll have the opportunity to better understand the links between health and social and economic development, as well as cross-cultural policy-making, via certain option modules.

Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue careers in diverse areas such as:

  • the arts and visual culture
  • public health
  • medicine
  • social policy development
  • advanced research at PhD level

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical History and Humanities: A Critical Introduction
  • Research Training 
  • Global Visions and Local Actions: The History and Politics of International Health
  • A Picture of Health: The Mass Media and Public Health in the Twentieth Century 
  • Unspeakable Bodies: Theorising Queer and Abject Embodiment 
  • Literature, Medicine and Metropolis 
  • The Roman Inquisition and Italian Society, 1543-1700 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18240 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18240 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK/EU: £4,020
  • International: £9,120


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Updated over a year ago

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Medical History and Humanities
University of York


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