Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme allows you to reflect on and develop your daily clinical practice, through a deeper understanding of the humanities ' art, literature, music, myth and culture. Taught by Birkbeck faculty and KSS Deanery's senior educational and clinical staff, the programme draws together the emergent fields of medical humanities and intercultural medicine, to explore and develop the lived experience of clinicians in the everyday complexities of real'life clinical settings as they interact with patients and cultures. You will encounter the rich insights of the humanities about culture, the body and what it means to be human, and will find ways to integrate these with medical science, to develop a richer understanding of your clinical practice. As part of this engagement, you will have the opportunity to explore non'Western models of medical practice, and to consider how far they complement biomedicine, from the viewpoints of cultures, patients, and practitioners. You will acquire and refine skills in verbal and written communication, as well as in research and critical analysis. The unique link between Birkbeck and KSS Deanery means that this programme combines world'class research'led humanities teaching with an established understanding of the real'life experience of clinical practice and patient care.

Course Modules

Compulsory modules ' Year 1: Perspectives, practices and patients (core 1); psycho'social research: Working below the surface. Compulsory module ' Year 2: Third spaces: Working with your own and other cultures (core 2). Option modules may include: A confusion of tongues: Illness, language, writing; death in Victorian culture; disciplining sex: Sexuality, society and 19th'century literary culture; language matters.

Course Additional Entry

You must have graduated from a UK medical school or hold an equivalent first degree from an overseas medical school. Applicants from other healthcare or professional backgrounds may be admitted to the programme. Such applicants must hold relevant professional qualifications and/or a first degree (2.2 or above). If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
PgDip £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
PgDip £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees