The Intercalated degree of BMedSc (History of Medicine) is an integral part of a series of linked degrees that form the Intercalated BMedSc Population Sciences and Humanities (PoSH) course, although there is only a limited amount of common teaching with the other degrees.
The first semester is made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, whilst the second semester is spent solely engaged in a personal research project, the components of which (dissertation preparation, poster presentation and dissertation) account for 60 credits, or one-half of the whole marks for the programme.
The following compulsory modules are for students taking the BMedSc (History of Medicine) degree (Module Co-ordinator is Jonathan Reinarz).
- Research Methodologies in the History of Medicine
- Medicine and Society, 1750-1950
- History of Occupational Health and Medicine
- The History of Medical Institutions, 1700-1950
- The History of Medical Specialisation, 1700-1950
Each module is assessed by one 3,000 word essay.
The second semester is devoted entirely to the Research Project Design and Research Project modules. The Research Project Design module contributes 10 credits to the degree and is assessed through your project proposal and poster presentation in April 2010. The Research Project module contributes 50 credits and is assessed through the submission of a 10,000 word dissertation.
Support and Supervision
Each student will have an academic supervisor to oversee their research activity. The Programme Lead, Dr Jonathan Reinarz, and other members of the Centre for the History of Medicine team will be available to offer support and guidance for all aspects of the course.
Example research projects
Below are some example research projects from recent History of Medicine students. These have been selected to give an indication of the range of possible projects:
- Extreme Medicine: A History of High Altitude Scientific Research - Principally Concentrating on the Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering Expedition 1960/61
- Personal Growth in Transitional Spaces - The Contribution of Harold Bridger to the Therapeutic Community Movement
- A History of the Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Diseases of the Nervous System, Paralysis and Epilepsy
- The London Smallpox Hospital at Battle Bridge (1767-1846)
- No More "Need for the Drum" - A Study of the Early Institutional Care of Canada's First Nations 1846-1925
- A Cry from the Boat Cabins' - An analysis of the living conditions and occupational health of the canal-boat population 1830-1950
- Health for the Masses - Barefoot Doctors and their work in Rural China 1958-1980s
- "A Dangerous Coast" - A Medical History of the British Campaign in Egypt 1801
- Quacks in the Façade: Medical Practice in Georgian Birmingham, c.1750-1800
- The Blitz on Coventry's Health: The Health Effects of the Bombing of Coventry in the Second World War
- Behind All That Glitters: The Health of South Africa Native Diamond Miners on De Beer's Kimberley Diamond Mines 1870-1900
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.