University of East Anglia

How have ideas of health and illness evolved in different historical and cultural locations? How do encounters between patients and clinicians create narratives of illness and health, and how do depictions of illness, pain and disability in literature, media and culture influence these narratives? Can we find meaning in suffering?Whether you’re a clinician planning a memoir, an intercalating medical student wanting to understand why histories of embodied experience matter in your practice, a humanities or social sciences graduate interested in health, illness and disability, or a professional interested in social prescribing and place-based healthcare, this versatile interdisciplinary course is for you.You’ll learn about narrative medicine and the importance of story. You’ll analyse contemporary and historical representations of disability and illness, and consider the power of writing as a way of understanding experiences connected to health. Additionally, you’ll examine the role of the arts in health and wellbeing, learning about cutting edge research and practice within the applied arts and health sectors.

Entry Requirements

DEGREE CLASSIFICATIONBachelors (Hons) degree – 2:2 or equivalentDEGREE SUBJECTHumanities, Social Sciences, Medicine or Professional Health related subject areasADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTSThis course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. This course’s annual intake is in September of each year.STUDENTS FOR WHOM ENGLISH IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGEWe welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in two components only, with 6.0 in the other two)PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language TestsINTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Closing Date

June 2023