Durham University

Durham University

Evolutionary Medicine

A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional modules previously offered included palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. References play an important part in the admissions process.

Course modules

Compulsory modules; dissertation; evolutionary theory; evolutionary and ecological topics in medicine and health; statistical analysis in anthropology. Previous optional modules have included:; academic and professional skills in anthropology; evolutionary perspectives on western diseases; public health anthropology; anthropology of global health; cultural evolution; evolutionary psychology; themes in palaeopathology; evolutionary perspectives on reproductive and infant health; foreign language option.

Assessment methods

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master�s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. In recognition of the emphasis we place on independent research skills, the dissertation is a 60 credit module.

Sponsorship information

Anthropology students achieve regular success in obtaining funding for 1 year Master's courses through the Shared Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme and Santander Scholarships.


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
MSc Full-time £ 6,600 per Academic year (EU 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