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Medical Anthropology and Mental Health

SOAS University of London

12 months
23400 GBP/year
11980 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Medical Anthropology and Mental Health programme at the SOAS University of London is a unique interdisciplinary programme designed to address pressing global challenges in health and mental health from diverse perspectives.


The Medical Anthropology and Mental Health programme at the SOAS University of London is distinctive in its comparative approach and focus on cultures of health and wellbeing pertaining to the so-called Global South, and is informed by clinical, psychological, philosophical, biomedical, STS, and anthropological perspectives.

You will be introduced to the practices and perspectives of medical and psychological anthropology and anthropological studies of health and wellbeing in relation to institutional belief systems, philosophies, and practices. You will also learn about the bioethical implications of ongoing cultural and technological shifts and the ethical stakes of a wide range of healing philosophies and practices. This will enable you to consider these debates as frameworks to engage with current affairs and global conditions pertaining to health, inequality, conflict, and justice.

In the aftermath of the pandemic our society has gained an increased awareness of the embedded-ness of health and mental health in socio-political and historical contexts. This programme will attract those with a cross-disciplinary interest in mental health, public health, health policy, humanitarianism, and global justice. It will appeal to various students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health and mental health in particular, as well as for those who work in health care, including students health practitioners, and dentistry, nursing, medical, and pre-med students. We accommodate students of medicine and medical sciences who are interested in combining their training with an MA degree in anthropology.

Why study MA Medical Anthropology and Mental Health at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 5th in the UK in the 2022 QS World University Rankings for Anthropology, and 10th in the world 
  • draw on the clinical and scientific expertise of our teaching staff with a wide range of backgrounds in medicine, biomedical sciences, psychological sciences, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and STS
  • we juxtapose ethnographic thinking and clinical thinking, and encourage students and practitioners to incorporate ethnographic methods in the clinical world
  • Join a unique plural environment. SOAS brings together a wide range of world leading scholarship, regional expertise, and deep knowledge of world religions, philosophies, value systems, cultural framings, literary and artistic expressions
  • we are specialists in the delivery of languages; your command of a language at SOAS will set you apart from graduates of other universities

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Mind, Culture and Psychiatry
  • Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives
  • Anthropological Approaches to the Body and Embodiment
  • Diet, Society and Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11980 GBP per year during 12 months.

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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