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Health: more than a medical matter

Illness is a human experience, shaped by social, political and economic conditions, by cultural beliefs and values, and by systems of language and meaning. At the same time, from research to policy and practice, inequalities in medicine and health are increasingly global matters, with profound effects on individual human lives and on social and political relations worldwide.


Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s is a unique interdisciplinary department founded in 2012. Its mission is to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from a social science perspective. We explore the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the ways in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing expectations about life and health and the nature of medical practice.


What we offer

Bringing together social scientists, biomedical researchers and clinicians, we offer a portfolio of research-led teaching at postgraduate and doctoral levels and a flagship undergraduate programme. We undertake the highest quality research on social science, which is both transdisciplinary and transnational; inspiring creative interactions between individuals and groups across King’s College London and beyond.


Grounded in a knowledge of history, law and philosophy, our internationally recognised expertise, consultancy work, and our contributions to policy development are utilised by myriad organizations, from community groups to transnational organizations.  We equip students with the skills required for a wide range of careers across disciplines: in the health services; in government and NGOs (from public health to environmental protection and urban planning); and in the commercial medical and health sectors. 

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