Health & Human Sciences BSc (Hons)
Medical anthropology draws on socio-cultural anthropology, biology and biological anthropology, psychology and medicine to develop a deeper understanding of the local and global interrelationships between health, welfare and contemporary issues. The Health and Human Sciences degree offers a multidisciplinary education in medical anthropology, integrating the cross-cultural approaches of medical anthropology with a grounding in the social and biological sciences.
The courses offered will give you the opportunity to study, investigate and understand issues related to physical and mental health, different healing practices and political dimensions of socio-medical interventions, from the direct experience of researchers who have conducted extended fieldwork among populations the world over. You will have the possibility to follow courses aimed to train you in tackling these issues by writing effective policy proposals and collaborate with funding agencies to hit the ground running.
In your first two years, you get a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of anthropology in the broadest sense, addressing the core disciplines of social and biological anthropology as well as a number of challenging interdisciplinary approaches to culture, society and health.
In your third year, you can tailor the course to your own interests by selecting the modules that appeal to you most from across either campus as well as some third year modules in other departments. Third year modules are generally based on the research expertise of staff, and epitomise the University's ideal of research-led teaching.
Teaching is delivered via lectures, small-group tutorials and one-on-one supervision. Students acquire both humanities-based transferable skills such as critical thinking, essay writing and presentation, as well as science-based transferable skills such as computing skills, data collection, statistical analysis and research-report writing.
The Erasmus Programme offers students the opportunity to spend time studying abroad as part of their degree.
Queen's Campus Mentor Scheme - Human Sciences
The mentoring scheme is designed so that existing university students can offer support, encouragement, guidance, information, technical expertise and personal direction to new mature students coming to university for the first time.
A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser or guide. On a general level, their role as a mentor is to build a relationship of mutual regard and trust with their mentees with whom they will work. They act as an effective role model and provide a basis for achieving greater happiness and success at university and beyond.
A key aspect of this role is to provide encouragement and motivation. In this respect, the mentor will be trying to help mentees become more fully aware of their capacity to succeed. The role of mentor will also include tutoring mentees in their general application to their work and on their attitude to learning and, in appropriate circumstances, in specific subject areas.
Ways of Life
Biological and Social Origins
Health & Society I: Illness and Culture
Health & Society II: Well-being
Anthropological Study and Research Methods with Information Technology
Health Development and Policy I: International Health and Development
Health Development and Policy II: Critical and Applied Medical Anthropology
Cultures and Classifications
Methods and Analysis I: Research Techniques
Methods and Analysis II: Research Project
Other optional modules from:
or modules from other departments
Mothers’ Hard Work Pays Off with Big Brains for Their Babies
Brain growth in babies is linked to the amount of time and energy mothers 'invest', according to new research by the Anthropology department.