MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society, University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is launching an exciting new MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. The MPhil builds on the success of Cambridge’s existing MPhil programmes to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, combining world class faculty with outstanding institutional resources.
The MPhil is a full-time, 9-month course during which students will develop research skills and a critical and well-informed understanding of the history, philosophy, sociology and anthropology of health and medicine. It is structured around four core modules: history of medicine, philosophy of medicine, medical anthropology and medical sociology, plus optional modules on public and environmental health, reproduction, health justice inequalities, medical epistemologies, anthropology and epidemics, global health, ethnographies of biomedicine, and sex, gender and the body.
This is a collaborative initiative between the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of Social Anthropology and Department of Sociology. These departments, situated on Free School Lane in the heart of Cambridge, form a vibrant cluster of researchers and students. The course is directed by Professor Sarah Franklin, Dr Stephen John, Dr Lauren Kassell and Dr Maryon McDonald.
If you are interested in applying for this course, you will find everything you need to know on the HMS website:
For details of other graduate study at the University of Cambridge, including the established MPhil programmes in these departments, please visit the websites of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (, Division of Social Anthropology ( and Department of Sociology (
For students applying to start in October 2017, we are offering a limited number of maintenance awards of £6,500. All applications received will automatically be considered for these.
Additional funding opportunities include:
Cambridge Trust Scholarships
— Overseas **7 December 2016 deadline**
— EU & UK ** 4 January 2017 deadline**

Gates Cambridge Scholarships
— USA **October 12 2016 deadline**
— EU & overseas **December 7 2016 deadline**

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
— EU & UK **4 January 2017 deadline**

Wellcome Trust Awards
— Applicants should indicate interest by entering ‘Wellcome Master’s Award’ in the funding application section of the Applicant Portal.

For further information on these and other funding opportunities please see

New Journal: Reproductive Biomedicine and Society

Reproductive BioMedicine & Society (RBMS) is a new open-access journal dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and debate of the rapidly expanding field of reproductive biomedicine. It is intended to bring to attention new research in the social sciences, arts and humanities on human reproduction, new reproductive technologies, and related areas such as human embryonic stem cell derivation. Its audience comprises researchers, clinicians, practitioners, policy makers, academics and patients.

RBMS will accept high-quality original articles, reviews and commentaries on topics in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities concerning Reproductive Bioscience and Medicine. The subject areas of interest will include Politics, Sociology and Social Policy, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, the Visual and Written Arts, Economics, History, Ethics and Law related to Reproductive Biomedicine. The editors are Sarah Franklin and Martin Johnson (Cambridge, UK). Nick Hopwood is section editor for History and historians are well represented on the editorial board.

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