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Dissertation in Medical Humanities


  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 7
  • Convenors and tutors: Peter Fifield, Anne Hanley, Emily Senior
  • Assessment: a 15,000-word dissertation (100%)

Module description

The dissertation will give you the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work of your own devising, honing your research and writing skills. You will work closely with a supervisor (or supervisors) on a medical-humanities topic that reflects your interests and your new critical skills. After submitting a draft project outline for approval in the spring term, you will begin the summer term with a short series of seminars on undertaking such an extended project. These sessions will focus on scope, research, writing and editing. You will use the summer vacation to complete your dissertation.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • critically engaged with cultural artefacts - texts, objects, art works, exhibitions, praxes - with a medical aspect
  • employed analytical approaches suited to the field of medical humanities
  • evaluated the existing scholarship and sources in your chosen field
  • situated the project in its intellectual and cultural context.