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Medical Anthropology MSc Brunel University London



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Course info



If you work in medicine or allied fields and want to learn more about how illness and wellness are considered in difference cultures, anthropology is an ideal route to greater understanding.

Medical anthropology is the study of cultural beliefs and practices associated with the origin, recognition and management of health and illness in different social and cultural groups.

Brunel was the first university in Europe to establish a master's degree in medical anthropology and since then has continued to develop the course to reflect the changing world in which we live.

The Medical Anthropology MSc will equip you with a broad, general understanding of anthropology and how it might be applied to medical and health-related problems.

You will develop a deeper understanding of how people’s ideas about the world, as well as the structural constraints within which they find themselves, have an impact on their understanding and experience of health, sickness and disease.

Careers and your future

Hundreds of students – doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and other medical professionals among them – can testify to the quality of our programme, having used it either to enhance their professional practice, to change career or to develop their research interests for future studies.

Students will acquire analytical and research skills that can be used in a wide range of careers. In particular the course is ideal for enhancing professional development in fields such as midwifery, general practice, sexual health, psychiatry, nutrition, psychotherapy, public health, non-governmental agencies and international development.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Medical Anthropology MSc.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£16,335.00 (16,75,558) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Brunel University London

Kingston Lane,



UB8 3PH, England

Entry requirement for international students

A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Humanities, Social Science or Health-related Science with a personal statement demonstrating knowledge of/interest in the subject area. IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas). TOEFL: 92 (min 20 in all).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at Brunel University London.

The Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Value of scholarship

Rotary District 1090 in the Thames Valley will be awarding one scholarship worth USD 30,000 to a student applying for postgraduate study at Brunel University London in the academic year 2020/21.

Application details:


Eligibility requirements:

Rotary will accept applications from candidates who have been offered places to study on one of the following one year full time masters courses at Brunel University, starting September/October 2020: MSc in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education; MSc in Anthropology of International Development and Humanitarian Assistance; MA in Children, Youth and International Development; MSc in Water Engineering; MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion; Applicants’ studies, careers and community work must fit within one or more of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Applicants must be from outside the UK, from a low or middle-income country.

Who can apply:

All international