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Welcome to the Institute for Medical Humanities

We conduct interdisciplinary research into what we call 'hidden experience' and investigate experiences of health and illness which are marginalised, difficult, unspeakable, unacknowledged, or invisible. Our aim is to transform knowledge within and beyond the critical medical humanities, improve health policy and practice, and benefit the lives of communities and individuals.
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New Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities

We are delighted to have been awarded a £9 million Wellcome grant to develop a new Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities (DRP-MH). The Platform will create space for experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, support networks globally, and revolutionise the capacity of the field.

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The Institute for Medical Humanities: 2018–2023

Commemorating our first five years as an Institute, this new publication celebrates the achievements and activities of the IMH between 2018 and 2023.

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Join us for Fika!

We are running fika sessions every Wednesday for those connected to IMH to informally come together to share coffee and cake and make visible the working, thinking and ideas that animate our Institute.

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Apply now for our Medical Humanities Masters, Diploma or Certificate

This interdisciplinary programme introduces students to a variety of different perspectives and methodologies for studying health and wellbeing. The courses are designed to be accessible and meet diverse student needs with options taken part-time or full-time, as distance learning or in-person.

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Get in touch

For general enquiries, please contact us by email.

Institute for Medical Humanities

Durham University

Confluence Building

Lower Mountjoy

Stockton Road



T. +44 (0)191 334 8277