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Intercalated Global Medical Humanities

Entry Year: 2023

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BSc (Intercal)
1 years
September 2023
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Our iBSc in Global Medical Humanities will examine critical questions and illuminate the assumptions, cultural norms, and political judgements inherent within medicine and healthcare.

Questions students will be asked to consider throughout the programme will include: What is illness? How does Western medicine define disease and wellness? Are these definitions universal? What happens when different cultural understandings of life, health, wellbeing and death come into conflict with one another? How are medicine and healthcare shaped by different social, historical, and cultural contexts?

Housed within the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture, our iBSc will give you a global perspective on key debates in medicine and healthcare (e.g., COVID-19, transplants, disasters, mental health, disability) across a range of cultural contexts. Our Global Medical Humanities programme explores global literary and cultural objects (including fiction and non-fiction, film, visual art) and urges us to rethink our understanding of care, health, risk and vulnerability. You will be challenged to reflect on the complex relationship between medicine and healthcare and social inequalities, human rights, environmental and humanitarian crises, and questions of ethics.

What makes our programme unique?

  • It offers a truly global perspective (including the Caribbean; South Asia, East Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe).
  • It covers not just literature, but other forms of culture (film, the visual arts, social media, popular culture).
  • It provides an insight into several overlapping fields in the humanities (literary and cultural studies, environmental humanities; postcolonial studies; disability studies; communication studies).

Find out more at our Intercalated Degrees Fair in January.


You will get the chance to explore modules on themes such as Madness Past and Present, Film and Disability, World Literature and Ethics, and Language and Communication. You will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research on a topic of your choice, guided by a supervisor.

Year 1

Semester A:

  • Global Medical Humanities: The Human in Medicine

Semester B:

  • Global Medical Humanities Research Project, 30-credits, level 6 [new module]

In addition, students take five further modules (3 in Semester A and 2 in Semester B) from the following:

  • Language and Health Communication
  • Cinema and Disability
  • Madness, Past and Present
  • Medicine and Ethics in Global Literature
  • One module of choice from current Level 6 Faculty offering.

Together, these modules emphasise and foster an interdisciplinary and global perspective on key issues in medicine and healthcare. As a student on the programme, you will be provided with a comprehensive introduction to the field of global medical humanities. You will foster essential academic skills and professional attitudes, including: cross-cultural communication; analytical skills; team-work and independence.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Intercalated degrees

The curriculum consists of specially devised modules introducing you to the discipline of global medical humanities. In addition, you will take a range of thematically-focused modules that will help you understand the complex relationships between medicine, healthcare and the humanities. Finally, all students will undertake an independent research project, giving you the opportunity to explore and write on your chosen areas of interest, under expert supervision.

Find out more about intercalated degrees


Teaching and learning

Delivered by the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, students pursuing the iBSc in Global Medical Humanities will give you a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to Global Medical Humanities while giving you the opportunity to pursue your specialised interests in a stimulating and supporting academic environment. Weekly seminars will encourage discussion and in-depth reflection, helping you to develop a self-reflexive medical practice.

The teaching and learning on the programme will consist of a mix of lectures, small group seminars, small group workshops, coursework, and independent study. These varied methods ensure the acquisition of knowledge and understanding of key issues in global medical humanities as well as the development of academic skills and personal attitudes essential to both the programme and professional practice in medicine and healthcare. 


The assessment structure of the programme aims to nurture the development of well-rounded medical and healthcare professionals creating independent and self-reflexive thinkers who can communicate effectively across cultural contexts.

Across the modules, assessment methods include: essay assignments, in-course assessments, and an independent research project.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the SLLF Writing Centre
  • the PASS (Peer Support Scheme)
  • the Queen Mary library
  • Library skills sessions specific to humanities students
  • departmental guest speaker seminars, which allow you to hear from Queen Mary academics, researchers and experts from institutions in Europe and North America events throughout the year, such as public debates, film nights and book launches, which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities.

Entry requirements

Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS, GEP or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, dental or veterinary school.

Medical students
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.

Masters students
Completion of years 3 and 4 for MSc applicants without prior BSc degrees.

Direct Clinical Entry students

2 years of the Direct Clinical Entry programme.

In addition, all applicants must have passes in Parts 1, 2 and 3 MBBS (as relevant to the year of intercalation).

Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.

Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.

How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.

Non-UK students

Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

Find out more about our intercalated degrees.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.


Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.

These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Our programme will provide you with a critical introduction to key issues in the medical humanities, raising questions that can help you shape your medical practice.

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

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