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
- 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
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesAnthropology Psychology Clinical Psychology View 332 other Masters in Clinical Psychology in United Kingdom
- 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.
International23400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11980 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11980 GBP per year during 12 months.
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