This programme introduces you to many questions asked about medicine from within the humanities. For example, you examine the history of Western medicine and consider how medical practice is presented in, and shaped by, literature. You have the chance to reflect on what is involved in classifying something as a disease or an abnormal mental state, and to explore various ethical and legal problems that arise within medicine. The programme encourages you to think hard about the place of medicine in society and some of medicine's presuppositions. Medicine is one of the great human activities. The changes that medicine has undergone, and the problems and opportunities it raises, should be of interest to everyone.
The programme is aimed primarily at people with a Humanities background, but we also welcome people with medical backgrounds and current medical practitioners.
The programme is taught by scholars from many different disciplines around the University.
The University of Kent was founded in 1965 and since then has achieved prominence as one of Britain's most innovative and enterprising universities. Our students come from many different backgrounds (there are over 110 nationalities represented at Kent) giving a rich cultural variety on campus. Students come from Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the United States, Nigeria and Europe as well as from the UK.