Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck's interdisciplinary Postgraduate Diploma Applied Medical Humanities draws together the emergent fields of medical humanities and intercultural medicine, to help medical practitioners explore and understand their complex, everyday clinical experiences with diverse patients and cultures. The course has been designed for medical and healthcare professionals who would like to engage with the arts and humanities, including art, cultural and critical studies, film, history, law, literature, philosophy and visual studies.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go in to careers in healthcare, medicine, education and management. Possible professions include healthcare service manager, general practice or hospital doctor, or health promotion specialist. This degree may also be useful in becoming a higher education lecturer, management consultant, or science writer.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students 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 relevant to medicine and medical regulation may be admitted to the programme. Such applicants must hold relevant professional qualifications and/or a first degree (2:2 or above). Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.