MA Medical and Health Humanities


Our Masters in Medical and Health Humanities explores health as a holistic and culturally embedded experience. It will challenge you to think critically and philosophically about what it means to be a doctor, nurse or allied health professional, and what it means to be a patient. We will explore how ‘health’, ‘illness’ and ‘disability’ are understood, and how concepts such as ‘quality of life’, ‘pathology’ or ‘impairment’ are constructed and take shape within cultures. The programme has at its core an understanding that lived experiences of illness and disability are affected by gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class (among other intersecting identities), as well as being situated within particular geographical and historical locations. Through studying aspects of literature, media, art, philosophy and history, and their intersections with health, you will be introduced to key debates within critical medical humanities.

The programme offers exciting opportunities for creative and practice-based learning, drawing inspiration from UEA’s unique strengths in these areas, including in partnership with the world-famous Sainsbury Centre. You can choose to develop your own life-writing, fiction or artwork on health-related themes. You’ll engage with cutting-edge content, for example graphic medicine, which pushes the boundaries of current understandings around narrative medicine.  

Additionally, this course will build your knowledge of inclusive health policy and practice, as well as of the burgeoning arts and health sector. You’ll learn about contemporary policy developments such as social prescribing and place-based healthcare, as well as accumulating skills and knowledge for working in the cultural or health sectors - including in role areas that link them.  

You’ll be introduced to techniques for scholarship and research used in the humanities, as well as to key methods and practices from the social and health sciences. You’ll have the opportunity to hone your knowledge and skills by undertaking a final research project in the field of medical and health humanities or producing an extended creative piece with a critical commentary. 

Alongside examining the intersection of the health and cultural sectors, including the new NHS Integrated Care Systems and the policy context of social prescribing, the versatility of this course means that one week you’ll be delving into global histories of medicine and the legacies of colonialism in public health, the next you’ll be critically considering representations of disabled bodies in contemporary culture, and if your interests lie in creative practice there are ample opportunities to pursue these too. 

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£21,200 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time