About the programme
Diseases move across national borders - so do patients, doctors and medicines. Health and healthcare is often a matter of politics, economics and culture too. The Medical Anthropology and Sociology programme of the University of Amsterdam trains you to understand health, illness and the body from a social science perspective. During the programme you will look at contemporary global and local health problems, as well as key topics in social science. It enables you to deepen your knowledge of anthropology and sociology, while at the same time acquiring a specialisation in a health-related topic.
If you have a medical or psychological sciences background, you will acquire further training in social science and you will learn to critically and reflexively integrate this training with your earlier academic and professional experience.
If you have a social science background, you will have the opportunity to further sharpen your analytical tools and acquire a specialisation in the field of health. You will examine a broad range of issues: from the social determinants of disease to sexual subcultures to the politics of pharmaceuticals.
The UvA has been a pioneer in this exciting and growing field. Our intensive, one-year programme combines coursework and a thesis project based on your own individual fieldwork. You can choose to do research in the Netherlands or anywhere else in Europe; go to Asia, Africa or the Americas. You will design and organise your own research project, on a medical anthropological or sociological theme of your interest, with the guidance of our international academic staff.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- Contemporary Topics in Medical Anthropology and Sociology
- Theorising Practice, Practising Theory
- MAS in Action
- Research Design MAS
- Global Mental Health
- Materialities in Practice
- 12 months
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DisciplinesAnthropology Sociology Health Sciences View 67 other Masters in Sociology in Netherlands
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- A Bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology and sociology or in another closely related discipline (such as anthropology, sociology, political science, medical sciences (health, medicine and biomedical), history or psychology)
- International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch university education
- All applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of social sciences evidenced by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 18 ECTS credits during previous study
- A solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 12 ECTS during previous study
- GPA of at least a B/3.0 (American system), second class, lower division Honours degree (British system), C (ECTS system), 7.0 (Dutch system) or equivalent
- English language proficiency
International16900 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16900 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
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