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About the course

Birkbeck's unique MA Applied Medical Humanities is designed to help medical practitioners explore and understand their complex, everyday clinical experiences with diverse patients and cultures. Medical humanities is a rich interdisciplinary field of study in which medicine and its practices are examined through the lenses of the humanities disciplines, including art, cultural and critical studies, film, history, law, literature and philosophy. 

Available to clinicians and healthcare professionals at all career levels, this practice-based programme utilises the insights and skills of the humanities disciplines to support the development of the professional capabilities, values and behaviours defined by the GMC and NMC and core to clinical practice. It offers a training in the humanities and social science disciplines that will provide critical tools to extend your professional skill-set in your clinical practice, enhance patient care and help you find strategies for your own self-care.  

Its intensive delivery, taught in three 1-week modules a year over two years, makes it possible for full-time clinicians and healthcare professionals from the UK and overseas to combine study with clinical commitments. 

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