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Department of Anthropology

Evolutionary Medicine MSc

Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique grouping of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional courses are offered in palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

The programme is designed for students preparing for doctoral research in evolutionary medicine, or for those who would like to apply an evolutionary perspective to their work in health. It is a popular intercalated degree for medical students.

The course is suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in anthropology, psychology, biology, health sciences, nutrition or a related discipline, and for health professionals.

L6K707 Evolutionary Medicine MSc

Degree MSc
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) 2 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology
Email anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1612
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Description

Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We currently offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique grouping of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional modules previously offered included palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

The full-time course runs for a full year, from October to September. Students attend classes between October and December (Michaelmas Term) and January and March (Epiphany), with further teaching and assessment in April and May (Easter Term), and then work, under the supervision of a specialist supervisor, to complete a dissertation in September. Students take three core taught modules, designed to provide a foundation in evolutionary theory, quantitative methods used in evolutionary medicine, and an introduction to evolutionary medicine. There is also a range of optional modules available to allow students to focus on areas of particular interest.

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master’s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. In recognition of the emphasis we place on independent research skills, the dissertation is a 60 credit module.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Evolutionary and Ecological Topics in Medicine and Health
  • Statistical Analysis in Anthropology

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Academic and Professional Skills in Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Western Diseases
  • Public Health Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Global Health
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Themes in Palaeopathology
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproductive and Infant Health
  • Foreign language option.

Please see www.durham.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/taughtprogrammes/evolutionarymedicine for further information on modules.

Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly interdisciplinary in nature. We offer the only MSc in Evolutionary Medicine in the world, taught by a unique group of world-class researchers specialising in evolutionary approaches to the study of health and disease. A major theme of the course is the mismatch between the environment in which humans evolved and the contemporary environment, and implications for obesity and related metabolic disorders, reproductive health and infant care. Optional courses are offered in palaeopathology and cultural evolution, and in the wider anthropology of health.

The course runs for a full year, from October to September. Students attend classes between October and December (Michaelmas Term) and January and March (Epiphany), with further teaching and assessment in April (Easter Term), and then work, under the supervision of a specialist supervisor, to complete a dissertation in September. Students take three core taught modules, designed to provide a foundation in evolutionary theory, quantitative methods used in evolutionary medicine, and an introduction to evolutionary medicine. There is also a range of optional modules available to allow students to focus on areas of particular interest.

Each module we offer has a credit value. To obtain a Master’s degree you must register for and pass modules to the value of 180 credits. In recognition of the emphasis we place on independent research skills, the dissertation is a 60 credit module.

 

 

Subject requirements, level and grade

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree from a UK institution (or the overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. Please email us on anth.postgrad-studies@durham.ac.uk for advice on relevant topics.

References play an important part in the admissions process.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,000.00
Home Student £7,000.00
Island Student £7,000.00
International non-EU Student £15,700.00

Part Time Fees

EU Student £3,900.00
Home Student £3,900.00
Island Student £3,900.00
International non-EU Student £8,700.00

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance

You can apply for this course through the University's online application process. Find entry requirements for this programme here.

Prof Gillian Bentley is the Degree Tutor for the MSc Evolutionary Medicine:

'Evolutionary Medicine is a growing and exciting new field that is highly inter-disciplinary in nature. This makes it a challenging and stimulating area to explore through teaching and research. I’ve been developing classes in this area since 2001 and, in 2011, we set up the first MSc in Evolutionary Medicine at Durham. It has been wonderful to interact with this diverse body of students who bring clinical, biological and social science backgrounds, but have often not been exposed the ideas that drive Evolutionary Medicine. 

Personally, I work on various research projects that are relevant to Evolutionary Medicine but focus mainly on how early life development affects later life health, with a specialty in reproductive ecology. I also direct a hormone lab at the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Queen’s Campus. Many of the Masters students have been able to join some of these projects as dissertation topics and to gain research experience. This can often combine fieldwork and laboratory experiences.'

Contact Gillian at g.r.bentley@durham.ac.uk