Medical Anthropology

University of Oxford

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
28040 GBP/year
18455 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This one-year Medical Anthropology course from the University of Oxford offers a coordinated learning programme in both social and biological anthropological approaches to health and illness. 


The Medical Anthropology course from the University of Oxford it provides the necessary basis for future anthropological research and an excellent cross-cultural grounding for those aiming to pursue a career in anthropology, global health or other health-related fields.

The MSc consists of four papers on which you will be examined in June, and a 10,000-word dissertation which you will submit in late August. The three core papers, taught across Michaelmas and Hilary Terms, each comprise 16 lectures, three tutorials and one debate. You will also select an option paper, which may have a topical or regional focus, based on your own interests


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates enter teaching and research, though this often requires a doctorate. There is some recruitment to public bodies, the larger private companies, development agencies, NGOs etc.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

 The core papers are as follows:

  • Critical Medical Anthropology
  • Biocultural Approaches to Medicine
  • Anthropologies of the Body

There is one core seminar series in medical anthropology, the Medical Anthropology Research Seminars in Michaelmas term.

The dissertation is an independent piece of work written after the June examinations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 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

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in any discipline.
  • Under the UK system, applicants should have a minimum of 65% in at least one prior degree.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28040 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18455 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18455 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Medical Anthropology
University of Oxford


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