Medical AnthropologyBrunel University London
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Rank: 84 (The Complete University Guide)
Location: Brunel University London
Study mode full-time
Start Date: 2021/09/01
Duration: 12 months
Intl fees: £16335
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If you work in medicine or allied fields and want to learn more about how illness and wellness are considered in difference cultures, anthropology is an ideal route to greater understanding.Medical anthropology is the study of cultural beliefs and practices associated with the origin, recognition and management of health and illness in different social and cultural groups.Brunel was the first university in Europe to establish a master's degree in medical anthropology and since then has continued to develop the course to reflect the changing world in which we live.The Medical Anthropology MSc will equip you with a broad, general understanding of anthropology and how it might be applied to medical and health-related problems.You will develop a deeper understanding of how people's ideas about the world, as well as the structural constraints within which they find themselves, have an impact on their understanding and experience of health, sickness and disease.You'll achieve this through close study of key texts in medical anthropology, the original fieldwork experiences of your lecturers, and through designing and undertaking your own research project.The course will address questions such as:• How does poverty contribute to the profiles of diseases such as diabetes and tuberculosis?• Why are some diseases, such as leprosy or AIDS/HIV, feared and stigmatized?• Why do some biomedical interventions seeking to control infectious and non-infectious diseases work, and others fail?• What might stop some patients seeking conventional treatments for cancers and other conditions even when they are offered for free despite the apparent efficacy of the medicines available?Students take the opportunity of fieldwork to travel to a wide variety of locations across the world that have included India, Mexico, Bolivia, Papua New Guinea, China, Nepal, Peru, Morocco, and New Zealand as well as in the UK and the rest of Europe.In additional, Brunel offers an exclusive scholarship to help fund a student's medical anthropology fieldwork in memory of pioneering Brunel Medical Anthropologist, Professor Cecil Helman (1944-2009).A 30 month part-time option of the course is also available. If you wish to be considered for the part-time 30 month version, please make your application for the 24 month part-time route and then contact the Admissions team to request the change to the 30 month duration.
A UK 1st or 2.2 Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Applicants with other degrees that have relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone. students whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in all areas); Pearson 58 (with a minimum of 51 in all subscores); or BrunELT 65 per cent (with a minimum of 60 per cent in all areas).
IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for Brunel University London.
About this university
Brunel has a range of support services designed specifically for international students including 40 staff dedicated to them. They are available for matters as diverse as finance, immigration and admissions assistance as well as general queries. Each student has a personal tutor network and there is support available for those to whom English isnâ€™t their first language. There is an orientation program operated for three days that 95% of international students said was immensely helpful for their adjustment as well as regular events, trips and workshops. The Union of Brunel Students is based within the main campus in the Hamilton Centre. It operates the Academy nightclub, a bar called Locoâ€™s and a Subway food outlet. There are various clubs and societies available for students to get involved with ranging from interest based to cultural or religion as well as sports and arts. The Social Kitchen is the main campus refectory for meals and snacks while The Mezz is a modern bar serving food from lunch until evening. One of the student run media projects is the radio station called Radio Brunel, recently relaunched as an internet only station. Sports range across traditional and modern and make use of the various facilities within the university include two large sports halls, a climbing wall, exercise studio, squash courts and the More Energy Fitness Centre. Even indoor cricket and archery facilities are found on campus. Brunel was one of the first universities in the UK to enter the Formula Student Engineering competition. This is an annual program run around the world where student compete in formula-style events in cars designed and manufactured by the students. Undergraduate and postgraduate students work on different areas of the project and the university has won a prize every year since it started in 1999.