Presentation of the Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and International Health
The aim of the master’s degree is for students to understand health/illness/care processes and the role of biological, social and cultural variables, and to analyse cultural representations and social practices in the field of health. Students are trained in qualitative methodologies and health research techniques and are given the chance to acquire practical experience in basic and applied research projects or in supervised practicums in institutions. They are provided with specialized training designed for graduates in Social and Cultural Anthropology, or other areas of the social or health sciences who are seeking specialization so that they can respond to the growing demand for qualitative research techniques and theoretical training for handling health promotion programmes, intervention programmes in multicultural scenarios or international health programs.
The master’s students can continue their studies by registering on a doctoral programme. Students who have not completed the master’s degree can also do the doctorate as long as they have satisfactorily completed 300 ECTS credits, 60 of which must be from an official postgraduate programme. Indeed, the bridging courses required for admission to the doctorate are the 30 taught ECTS credits and the 30 research credits that make up the second year of the master’s degree. Nevertheless, depending on the student’s qualifications, a further 12–30 credits may be required.