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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities: History of Medicine MA

History of Medicine MA

Wellcome has granted Newcastle University a Master's Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science for the period 2021/22 to 2023/24. We are awarding five studentships over this three year period to students studying on the MA in History of Medicine. The one-year studentships cover home tuition fees, a personal stipend for each award holder of £16,000 a year, a personal research and personal development fund of £250, and a package of training and mentoring to support the transition to postgraduate study. International students are eligible to apply, but would need to cover the difference between UK and international fees. Please note that the stipend cannot be used for this purpose. Applicants should hold, or expect to achieve, a 1st class honours degree or high 2:1.

To be considered for a studentship starting in September 2022, submit the following to pg.historical@ncl.ac.uk by 17:00 on 11 March 2022: 

  • a personal statement, no longer than one side of A4, which outlines why you want to undertake the course
  • a proposal for a masters dissertation project, no longer than a side of A4 (longer proposals with not be considered)
  • a transcript of current grades
  • a CV of one or two pages

Informal queries can be directed to Vicky.Long@newcastle.ac.uk. We aim to recruit a diverse cohort of students. If your studies have been affected by illness, disability, breaks from study or other such factors and you wish to disclose this in your submission, we will take this into consideration when evaluating your application.


100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend:

  • Year 1: £19,919
  • Year 2: £21,542
  • Year 3: £23,298
  • Total = £64,759

Additional funding is available to cover research costs, conference fees, and engagement activities. 

Start date: 1st October 2022

Interested in the social history of health, and its relevance to contemporary problems? This PhD project will investigate the historical development, extent, experiences, and representations of regional health inequalities in England, focussing on the north-south divide. Applicants should include a proposal outlining how they would approach this project: you may wish to focus on periods where health inequalities came to the fore (e.g. nineteenth-century sanitary reform era, characterised by debates about industrialisation and health; the interwar era, when health improvement efforts were undercut by poverty and unemployment, and the early 1980s, when the Black Report drew attention to health inequalities, while deindustrialisation fuelled regional inequalities). Themes which may shape this research include social class, employment and working conditions, gender, and the body. A wide range of qualitative and quantitative sources could potentially be exploited for this research, including medical officer of health reports; archives of medical associations; regional health authority and council archival materials; epidemiological and demographic data; government records; newspapers, oral history re-use; medical journals and publications.

This is an exciting opportunity to complete a PhD while participating in a wider multidisciplinary Wellcome Trust funded project on regional health inequalities and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to wider project team discussions and publications. Newcastle hosts a thriving multidisciplinary medical humanities network encompassing postgraduate researchers, and resources that may be useful for this research, including the Pybus Collection and the Donaldson (Sir Liam) Archive.

Applicants should hold a 1st class or high 2:1 degree in History and should hold, or expect to achieve by September 2022, an MA with distinction (or international equivalent) in History, History of Medicine, or a related field. You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. Application closing date: 20th May 2022. Find out more on ur central PG Funding page. 

For further details please contact Dr Vicky Long: Vicky.Long@newcastle.ac.uk

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