Medicine, Health and Public Policy

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Medicine, Health & Public Policy study course examines the political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of contemporary trends in medicine, biosciences and health. The multidisciplinary nature of the course creates an ideal study pathway for health professionals, graduates and policy-makers to gain an understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society.

Key benefits:

  • Internationally recognised faculty, who have trained across a range of disciplines from sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, socio-legal studies and political science to psychology, bioethics, philosophy, biology and medicine.
  • Covers a broad range of substantive topics and offers a wide selection of specialist options addressing critical social and ethical concerns.
  • You will learn to think analytically and independently about key issues and develop essential skills to support critical policy and qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Interdepartmental study course offers a varied and exciting range of research options.
  • Opportunities to join a thriving research community, to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events such as reading groups and roundtable discussions.

Who should take this course

he MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy is ideal for health professionals, graduates in relevant disciplines, policy makers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, and anyone wishing to develop advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of the complex relationships between medicine, science and society.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180-200 credits

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Dissertation in Medicine, Health & Public Policy (60 credits)
  • The Politics of Health & Medicine (30 credits)
  • Critical Policy Research for Health & Medicine (15 credits)
  • Foundations in Global Health & Social Medicine (30 credits)

You are also required to take 15 credits from one of the following research methods modules:

  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition to the required modules, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Ethics at the End of Life (Centre of Medical Law and Ethics) (15 credits)
  • Ethics of Clinical Research (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceuticals & Society (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
  • Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)
  • Internship (20 credits)
  • Any Level 7 module offered by King's or 15 credits at Level 6, subject to approval from the module convenor and the programme director.

Part-time students will be expected to take The Politics of Health & Medicine, Critical Policy Research, and one optional module in year one, with the remaining required modules taken in year two. Part time students attend the dissertation workshops and submit a dissertation proposal in Year 1 with the dissertation being submitted at the end of Year 2.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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