MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society at the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is launching an exciting new MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. The MPhil builds on the success of Cambridge’s existing MPhil programmes to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, combining world class faculty with outstanding institutional resources.

The MPhil is a full-time, 9-month course during which students will develop research skills and a critical and well-informed understanding of the roles of history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine. It is structured around four core modules: history of medicine, philosophy of medicine, medical anthropology and medical sociology, plus optional modules on public and environmental health, reproduction, health justice inequalities, medical epistemologies, anthropology and epidemics, global health, ethnographies of biomedicine, and sex, gender and the body.

This is a collaborative initiative between the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of Social Anthropology and Department of Sociology. These world class departments, situated on Free School Lane in the heart of Cambridge, form a vibrant cluster of researchers and students. The course is directed by Professor Sarah Franklin, Dr Stephen John, Dr Lauren Kassell and Dr Maryon McDonald.

If you are interested in applying for this course, you will find everything you need to know on the HMS website:


For students applying to start in October 2017, we are offering a limited number of maintenance awards of £6,500. All applications received will automatically be considered for these.

Additional funding opportunities include: 

Cambridge Trust Scholarships
— Overseas **7 December 2016 deadline**

— EU & UK ** 4 January 2017 deadline**

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
— USA **October 12 2016 deadline**
— EU & overseas **December 7 2016 deadline**

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
— EU & UK **4 January 2017 deadline**

Wellcome Trust Awards
— Applicants should indicate interest by entering ‘Wellcome Master’s Award’ in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.

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