Intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities

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The intercalated programme is an opportunity for BOTH MBChB and BDS students to develop their medical and professional expertise through a sustained encounter with the understanding of medical and health related topics developed within the traditions of the arts and social sciences.

Former students have praised the course for the following reasons:

  • an opportunity to experience a different style of learning
  • being able to personally select a range of different courses according to your interests
  • the enthusiasm and support of the teaching staff, drawn from many different Subject areas
  • giving students the confidence and ability to constructively criticize medicine "from the outside"
  • being beneficial in revealing the humanity and frailty of both patients and doctors

The BSc (MedSci)/(DentSci) Honours in Medical Humanities programme consists of the first three years of the MBChB programme, or the first four years of the BDS programme, followed by one full-time intercalating year in Medical Humanities. Admission to the programme is at the discretion of the College of Arts. Students are strongly advised to have taken relevant SSCs in order to have acquired some experience of the arts, humanities, and/or social sciences. Students wishing to intercalate in the medical humanities are advised to contact the Programme Convener as early as possible in their second semester. This will allow an opportunity to discuss the suitability of the programme, and the availability of any desired courses.

The current convener is Dr Megan Coyer, with Dr Gavin Miller stepping in as acting convener September to December 2020. Prospective students should contact Dr Coyer or Dr Miller as appropriate.

External applicants may apply to entry for either programme; interested parties should contact the Programme Convener in the first instance.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of subjects within the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences in order to construct a package of Honours courses suitable to their own particular needs and interests.  A mandatory medical humanities dissertation gives the opportunity for an extended investigation of a medical or health related topic. 

The intercalating year consists of compulsory and elective elements TO A TOTAL OF 120 CREDITS.

Compulsory (30 OR 40 credits):
Medical Humanities Dissertation (30 OR 40 credits)

Elective (90 OR 80 credits):
Elective courses to a minimum of 90 OR 80 credits from medical and/or health related courses in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences.

The programme convenor, in consultation with the relevant contributing schools, will have final authority over whether a student’s proposed combination of compulsory and elective elements is appropriate for the intercalating year. Permission will not be withheld unreasonably, but the proposed diet of courses will be inspected with a particular view to their practicability and timetabling. For further information on specific courses, including the Medical Humanities Dissertation, please consult the most recent University course catalogue. N.B. the availability of any particular course from the list below cannot be guaranteed; course provision varies from year to year because of a variety of factors, including curricular development and staff availability.

Adam Smith Business School
MGT4012 MANAGING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
MGT4038 MANAGING DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS

School of Critical Studies
TRS4016/4017 CHRISTIANITY AND BIOETHICS
TRS4078 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS
TRS4008 PASTORAL THEOLOGY
ENGLIT4059 LITERATURE AND MEDICINE

School of Culture and Creative Arts
THEATRE4082 APPLIED THEATRE AND SOCIAL ARTS
THEATRE4062 DOCUMENTARY DRAMA

School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
GEOG4103 EARTH FUTURES: THINKING AND PLANNING FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE
GEOG4121 GEOGRAPHIES OF FOOD
GEOG4066 SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF OUTSIDERS
GEOG4110 THE GEOPOLITICS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE
GEOG4113 POPULATION GEOGRAPHIES A: PAST AND PRESENT
GEOG4114 POPULATION GEOGRAPHIES B: SPACE, SEX, AND DEATH
GEOG4083 EMBODIED SOCIAL GEOGRAPHIES
GEOG4089 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF CARE, CONFLICT AND CONFINEMENT
GEOG4093 MONSTROUS GEOGRAPHIES (HUMAN)

School of Humanities
CLASSICS4070 ANCIENT MEDICINE
PHIL4033 PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHOLOGY
PHIL4031 [SH10] PHILOSOPHY OF PERCEPTION
PHIL4030 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
PHIL4009 EMOTIONS

School of Psychology
PSYCH4006 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT LEVEL 3
PSYCH4039 INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
PSYCH4008 PERCEPTION AND VISUAL COGNITION LEVEL 3
PSYCH4014 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: AUTISM
PSYCH4023 PSYCH4019 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: FMRI IN BIOPSYCHOLOGY
PSYCH4024 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCH4031 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL DEFICITS
PSYCH4040 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN TIMING
PSYCH4034 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: PSYCHOLOGY AND BIOLOGY OF MENTAL DISORDERS
PSYCH4051 DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCE AND DIVERSITY
PSYCH4065 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY LEVEL 3
PSYCH4013 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: ADOLESCENT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
PSYCH4015 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: BASICS OF JOINT ATTENTION
PSYCH4018 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE INSIGHTS INTO BRAIN PLASTICITY
PSYCH4019 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE OF AGEING
PSYCH4030 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: NETWORKS OF ATTENTION AND WORKING MEMORY
PSYCH4032 POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCH4033 PSYCHOLOGY 4H SINGLE: PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS
PSYCH4053 HEALTH NEUROSCIENCE
PSYCH4065 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY LEVEL 3

Social and Political Sciences
ESH4080 SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
ESH4073 ADDICTION IN THE MODERN WORLD
ESH4029 INNOVATIONS IN WESTERN MEDICINE: SOCIAL ORIGINS AND CULTURAL IMPACTS
ESH4025 GENDER AND SOCIAL CHANGE SINCE 1800
ESH4076 MEDICINE AND THE STATE IN MODERN BRITAIN
ESH4079 SEXUALITIES AND SOCIAL CONTROL, C.1885-1990
ESH4005 HEALTH AND SOCIETY IN GERMANY SINCE C.1900
PUBPOL4029 HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTH SERVICES
PUBPOL4028 DISABILITY AND SOCIETY
SOCIO4068 DRUGS AND CULTURE
SOCIO4071 GLOBAL HEALTH, LOCAL HEALING