Medicine, Science & Society
Teaching in the MSc in Medicine, Science & Society focuses on cutting-edge research within social studies of biomedicine, and provides a firm grounding in the knowledge and analytical techniques used within advanced social research. In doing so, it equips students with a set of skills and understandings that are necessary for future careers in sociology or other social sciences, in the fields of policymaking and regulation, in health-related governmental and non-governmental agencies, and in university teaching and research.
The MSc in Medicine, Science & Society addresses the nature and implications of developments in health and medicine in an international context and from a social science perspective. It examines the social, economic, political, legal and ethical aspects of recent developments in biomedicine and biotechnology, and encourages students to combine rigorous theoretical analysis with concrete, problem-based research. The programme reflects King's commitment to world-leading interdisciplinary scholarship on health and medicine, and to the use of engaged academic research as a means for contributing to the understanding of pressing social and global issues.
Students taking the programme will:
• Examine the social, economic, political, legal and ethical aspects of developments within fields of biomedicine and biotechnology – for example, reproductive and regenerative medicine, stem cells, genomics, neuroscience, synthetic biology and biosecurity.
• Explore the implications of scientific advances for ideas of personhood and identity, for conceptions of social relations, kinship and family life, for political economy, for the organisation and funding of health care, for problems of government and regulation, for medical practice and much more.
• Analyse the role of the international corporations inshaping national and global approaches to medical research and healthcare provision.