Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Our iBSc will give you a global perspective on key debates in medicine and healthcare (e.g., COVID-19, transplants, disasters, mental health, disability) across a range of cultural contexts. Our Medical Humanities programme explores global literary and cultural objects (including fiction and non-fiction, film, visual art) and urges us to rethink our understanding of care, health, risk and vulnerability. You will be challenged to reflect on the complex relationship between medicine and healthcare and social inequalities, human rights, environmental and humanitarian crises, and questions of ethics.
Our programme will provide you with a critical introduction to key issues in the medical humanities, raising questions that can help you shape your medical practice. You will get the chance to explore modules on themes such as Madness Past and Present, Film and Disability, World Literature and Ethics, and Language and Communication. Weekly seminars will encourage discussion and in-depth reflection, helping you to develop a self-reflexive medical practice. You will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic of your choice, guided by a supervisor. Overall, the programme will give you a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to Medical Humanities while giving you the opportunity to pursue your specialized interests in a stimulating and supporting academic environment.
Our programme is unique because:
- It offers a truly global perspective (including the Caribbean; South Asia, East Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe).
- It covers not just literature, but other forms of culture (film, the visual arts, social media, popular culture)
It provides an insight into several overlapping fields in the humanities (literary and cultural studies, environmental humanities; postcolonial studies; disability studies; communication studies).
The iBSc in Global Medical Humanities is a 1-year, full time academic programme open to medical and dental students from QMUL and elsewhere. There is one pathway on the programme, and the students complete a range of medical humanities courses at level 6, across the two semesters.
In Semester A, the students take:
- Global Medical Humanities: The Human in Medicine (15 credits)
In Semester B, the students take:
- Global Medical Humanities Research Project (30-credit)
In addition, students take 5 courses (120 credits total) from the following:
- Language and Health Communication (15-credits)
- Cinema and Disability (15 credits)
- Madness, Past and Present (15-credits)
- Medicine and Ethics in Global Literature (15 credits)
One module of choice from current level 6 Faculty offering or other relevant iBSc programmes (e.g. iBSc in Global Public Health).
The Global Medical Humanities iBSc is available to medical students who meet one of the following criteria:
- Completion of 2, 3 or 4 years of their MBBS course (at least 2 years of a graduate entry programme).
- Completion of years 3 and 4 for MSc applicants without prior iBSc degrees
- 2 years of the Direct Clinical Entry programme.
In addition, all applicants must have passes in Parts 1, 2 and 3 MBBS (as relevant to the year of intercalation).
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