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Medical Humanities (Online)

12 months
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The MA in Medical Humanities (Online) in an interdisciplinary distance learning MA led by Durham's Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH), and the Department of English Studies.  Learn more with this programme in Medical Humanities (Online)  from Durham University.


Key facts

The main aims of the course are to provide a rigorous introduction to the variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to health which make up the critical medical humanities and to equip you to undertake further research into health and human experience in a variety of contexts. The programme offers outstanding interdisciplinary training to equip you with the skills you need for your future career. It is taught by specialists who are members of the IMH, primarily from the Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, Law, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Sociology.

You will become part of the vibrant research communities both within departments and the IMH. In particular, students become members of the Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers (PGECR) network in Medical Humanities, which organises regular seminars, conferences and social events.

All students on the MA in Medical Humanities (Online) take two core modules. Concepts and Frameworks in the Critical Medical Humanities, and Reimagining Health Research (30 credits each). You will also write a dissertation (60 credits), supervised by one of Durham's specialists, which allows you to focus on a specialist topic of your choice in the Medical Humanities. You will also take optional modules from participating Departments to bring your course total to 180 credits (MA). All elements of the MA have embedded within them a range of interdisciplinary content and skills. Learn more with this programme in Medical Humanities (Online) from Durham University.

Programme Structure


  • Illness and Narrative Practices
  • Contemporary Issues in Medical Law
  • Neurodiversity and the Humanities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree
  • Active enrolment on an intercalated UG/PG medical degree programme
  • At least five years work in a professional environment with relevance to health and/or medicine, with at least two years in some form of leadership role
  • Successful completion of the associated PG Certificate programme

A 500-word personal statement which should include the following:

  • An outline of your interest in an interdisciplinary MA in Medical Humanities
  • What skills and knowledge you would bring to the course
  • What skills and knowledge you would hope to acquire
  • An indication of your planned area of research

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Durham

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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