Friday, 4 March 2016

MA in the History of Welfare and Medicine in Society

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society
Programme Director: Dr Catherine Cox

About the MA

Medicine, illness and welfare occupy a central place in all our lives. The MA is designed to enable you to understand the place of medicine and welfare in society and history (c1750-1980) and engage with critical debates through various media, including film, literature, and art, amongst others. 

The modules on the programme explore the main trends within welfare and medical history from social history, gender history, post-colonial history to individual experiences of poverty, and of illness throughout history. You will explore how medicine and welfare regimes and policies culturally constructed conceptions of femininity and masculinity.

The modules are taught through seminar and you will develop expertise in presenting, analytical thinking, effective communication, and writing with clarity and precision. You will also partake in a lively seminar series and benefit from a vibrant postgraduate research community.

The dissertation, at the core the MA, allows you to engage your own research-based interests.

Your fellow students will be from diverse academic backgrounds and the MA is popular among healthcare professionals keen to understand the historical contexts that shaped current practices and systems.

The MA has a reputation for excellence and is taught be lecturers with international profiles in the field. 

Dr Catherine Cox, Director and
Co-Founder of the UCD Centre for
the History of Medicine in Ireland

Why do this MA?

Graduates have secured employment in the fields of media, education, politics and in private and public sector management and policy.

Graduates have also proceeded to PhD studies at Irish, British, and European institutions, securing prestigious external funding.


To apply for the acclaimed Wellcome Trust Masters Scholarship, please contact MA Director, Dr Catherine Cox.

Further Details

Please see the course description for the MA in the History of Welfare & Medicine in Society at UCD Graduates Studies

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