Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Health, Science and Society

Why choose Health, Science and Society at the University of Edinburgh?

  • This innovative programme looks at the complexity of human experience in the area of health, illness and the social arrangements for care, and brings together disciplines including sociology, psychology, geography, counselling, ethics, and nursing studies.

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake innovative option courses in community engagement, opening up a pathway to new abilities, work experience and community-based learning.

  • Looking at healthcare on a broad international scale is possible in Year 3, when you will have the opportunity to study abroad through our international exchange programme.

  • Our teaching staff come from a range of disciplines and bring diverse expertise and experience (including health professional experience) from a range of subjects.

  • The programme aims to give you practical and academic skills to help you make a positive difference in the world, expanding your understanding of the social dimensions of health and illness, and preparing you to contribute to improving people‚Äôs lives.

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My programme is preparing me for my future career by addressing various issues from many different perspectives, which is necessary in our globalised world, as well as presenting me with opportunities to volunteer and go abroad.

Manisha Thill 4th year MA (Hons) Health, Science & Society
Manisha Thill 4th year MA (Hons) Health, Science & Society

Introducing Health, Science and Society

We live in a global age of increasing life expectancy but chronic health conditions are rising and infectious disease is showing no signs of disappearing. This programme will help you to understand the social dimensions of health and illness, preparing you to contribute to improving the lives of people on this planet.

Drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives, you will address three broad themes: societies and communities; individuals, personhood and experience; and healthcare, social care and professional development. You will explore this important field of human experience across diverse social contexts, applied to real-world settings.

You will examine how social, political and economic organisation contribute to health and illness and to the distribution of these across societies, communities and social groups. You will also look at culture and language and how these influence the ways in which people experience health and illness.

Integral to your learning will be the concept of care and its delivery and the development of critical understandings of the role that individuals, communities and policy-makers all make to health outcomes.

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