Master of Arts - History of Medicine, MPhil, PhD, Postgraduate Diploma - History of Medicine;Postgraduate Certificate - History of Medicine
Oxford Brookes is a leading centre in the UK for the study of History of Medicine; it is the home of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Past and Present, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
As a student on the MA in History of Medicine you will receive a thorough grounding in the social and cultural history of medicine through a course of research training. This will be combined with intensive modules on specific topics and the opportunity to conduct advanced research on a dissertation subject of your choice. The course provides an excellent preparation for students intending to go on to PhD research. It will also be of interest to health care professionals and to graduates in history or the social sciences seeking further personal development.
Successful full-time applicants may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for Wellcome Trust studentships. Many previous students have been successful in these competitions and have progressed to fully funded doctoral studentships.
The MA in History of Medicine consists of four modules: a compulsory core module, two elective modules and a dissertation. Postgraduate diploma students take Modules 1, 2 and 3; postgraduate certificate students take Module 1 and one elective module. Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below.
* Module 1: Key Concepts and Methods in Research in History of Medicine
Every student takes this compulsory core module which is designed to help make the transition from undergraduate- to graduate-level work. You will develop your understanding of the historiography of medical history and acquire the necessary skills in research methods and interpretation of historical sources, which will enable you to engage in independent research. This module is taken in Semester 1 and is assessed by two written assignments.
* Modules 2 and 3: elective modules
You will take two specialist modules enabling you to conduct close study of topics in two different areas of medical history. The topics for these modules reflect the specific research expertise of the staff in the Centre and the programme offered varies from year to year. Topics include: Patients and Practitioners, 1700-1850, Body Politics: Health and Modernity in Britain, 1830-1914, Medical Experience in the Countryside, 1500-1789, Engineering Society: Eugenics and Biopolitics in Europe, 1800-1945, Science, Magic and Religion, From Pills and Potions, To Penicillin and Prozac, Ethics and Ideas: From the Hippocratic Oath to Informed Consent and The History of Death and Dying in Britain, 1750-1900
* Module 4: Dissertation
This is the capstone of the master's course. You will have the opportunity to conduct a major in-depth investigation into a historical topic of your choice, leading to the production of a 15,000-word thesis. The topic may be related to one of your elective modules or may be chosen from another area of your interest. You will be supported in your research by individual supervision from a specialist tutor and by group workshops on advanced research design that take place during Semester 2 (part-time students take this in Year 2). The dissertation is completed over the summer and submitted by 1 September.
Teaching, learning and assessment
The MA course is taught through small-group seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Classes are held in the evenings and the sessions run from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. Part-time students attend the university one evening per week and should be able to devote an additional 12-15 hours per week to private study. Full-time students attend classes on two evenings per week and spend 30 hours per week in private study. Assessment is entirely by written work. There are no examinations.
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