Workload

Why rush?

Although it is possible to study full-time, these degrees have been designed especially for students who are balancing work with other commitments. By studying just one unit per semester, you can complete a Graduate Certificate over two years, a Graduate Diploma over three years and a Masters degree over four years.

If, on the other hand, your time is limited, you can actually complete the Masters degree in one year of full-time study (see "Courses").

For each unit that you undertake, you should assume two hours of formal contact time (in seminars/tutorials/online engagement) matched by about four to six hours of private study per week. Some units have 2-3 days of face to face ‘intensive’ learning scheduled.

Semesters run for 13 weeks, from March to June and from July to November.

Weekly face to face classes are timetabled in the evening in order to be accessible for as many students as possible. Some units are offered in online mode plus 2-3 full ‘intensive’ face to face learning days to suit the needs of professional development and distance students. Students may choose a weekly tutorial instead of online learning in these units.

Some of the units offered by the Summer and Winter Schools may also be accepted as elective units.

Distance Learning

Medical humanities students live or work in locations as remote as the heart of the Kimberleys or Ireland and cannot attend class at all. Others find they cannot attend all classes in a semester. No problem: most units of study in medical humanities can be studied in either face to face or online mode (or a mix of both), as students prefer. (The exceptions are Medicine and Music, and Bodies on Display). Distance students may study a unit designed for face to face interaction by submitting brief summaries of weekly readings and listening to audio or visual files of presentations. Some units have been designed specifically for the needs of distance students, including Independent Study, Dignity, and Risk Communication and Health Policy. These are offered in a format of weekly online reading tasks plus two or three days of face to face intensive learning. We find that students really enjoy the interaction with lecturers and peers that they obtain from attending classes, and will facilitate class participation through telephone links for distance students, and by providing tutorials for local students taking distance learning electives.

You will find elective units online in the Faculties of Medicine, Health Sciences, Education and Social Work, as well as in Arts. The online units range widely across faculties and departments, and of course are subject to change. In the past medical humanities students have enjoyed the following units of study:

Death, Dying and Mourning (SCWK6944)

Society, Behaviour and Public Health (PUBH5016)

Leadership in Medicine (PMED5051)

Ageing and Society (BACH5343)

Psychology of Ageing (BACH51470)

The Western Greeks (ARCL69010)

Health Communication units of study