Durham University

Durham University

Medical Anthropology

This course offers the opportunity to learn about anthropological approaches to the study of health drawing on both sociocultural and evolutionary perspectives. The course provides a strong grounding in ethnographic approaches to the study of health, the political ecology of health and the application of anthropology to contemporary public health concerns, as well as a diverse range of options in areas such as theories of the body and evolutionary medicine. We aim to provide strong training in both theory and methods.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: dissertation; public health anthropology; anthropology of global health. Students choose at least 1 of the following: computational methods for social sciences ; fieldwork and interpretation; statistical analysis in anthropology. Students then choose 180 credits from a selection of the following: academic and professional skills in anthropology; evolutionary perspectives on western diseases; advanced anthropology of mental health and illness; science, culture and ethics: advanced perspectives; evolutionary perspective on reproductive and infant health; society, energy, environment and resilience; thinking anthropologically; anthropology and development; body, politics and experience; evolutionary and ecological topics in medicine and health; interrogating ethnography; key issues in socio-cultural theory; foreign language option.

Assessment methods

Research proposal, projects, essays, critical reviews, written examinations and the dissertation. Staff provide feedback on formative work for all modules. Students work closely with a member of staff for their dissertation. Students can expect to do summative assignments in the 1st 2 terms.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Anthropology
Telephone number: 
0191 334 1612