Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Programme Introduction

Find out more about this innovative cross-disciplinary masters and why you should study at Edinburgh


What is or should be the role of arts and humanities in researching and responding to global health challenges? Can health policy be improved through engagement with arts and humanities approaches? What kind of dialogue and impact should arts and humanities knowledge have with medicine? Can arts and humanities approaches transform how we respond to and promote wellbeing?

The MScR Health Humanities and Arts is a new and innovative Master's programme that explores health and wellbeing through the lens of arts and humanities practice and knowledge. Incorporating critical social scientific approaches, it investigates how arts and humanities knowledge and practice might enhance and challenge understandings of health and well-being in relation to, for example, health research, health practitioner training and self-reflection, policy making and politics.

Students will explore how a range of arts and humanities approaches - from film-making to music, and from literary studies to philosophy – can enhance our understanding of health and well-being, and enrich our knowledge of individual and community experiences of health and illness, while challenging pervasive structural issues in society. This programme is at the cutting-edge of a rapidly developing discipline and offers collaborative, student led approaches to learning, teaching, and research.  


  • The School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of using humanities and arts approaches in working with health, well-being, and ill-health experiences and in its research methodologies and methods. The MScR Health Humanities and Arts builds on the school’s strengths in leading innovative cross-disciplinary teaching in health: MA Health Science and Society UG programme
  • The programme offers Humanities and Arts-informed Research Methods in the Social Sciences training as a core component of the course. This will support students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work innovatively for their final dissertation. The University also has first-class research facilities, libraries and learning spaces.
  • The programme’s key strength is its wide range of cross-disciplinary courses, including some online courses allowing you to tailor the programme to your interests, and a great deal of flexibility in terms of subject and medium of the final dissertation.    
  • The programme team works closely with the new innovative Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry. The centre’s staff, projects and activities will feed into the programme and provide a supportive wider scholarly environment.    
  • The School and University have strong local links with both the health and creative industries including close ties with Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International and Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Traverse Theatre and Edinburgh International Book Festival. MSc Health Humanities and Arts students will be encouraged to reach out to these and other networks as part of their learning experience.    
  • The University is consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world, and 14th in the world for Arts and Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2018). The University is ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2014 THE Ranking) and 8th in the UK for graduate employability. And with a wealth of award-winning facilities, and students and staff from over 137 countries, we are truly an international world-class university. 


Our School has a long tradition of using humanities and arts approaches in working with health, wellbeing and ill-health experiences and in its research methodologies and methods. Now we’re taking an exciting next step with the MSc in Health Humanities & Arts to be pioneers in this cutting-edge field. We look forward to welcoming a wide range of students from different backgrounds to encourage a truly interdisciplinary, vibrant learning experience!

Dr Marisa de Andrade, Programme Director

We’re making lots of space in the School of Health in Social Science to develop capacity for debate, thinking and activity that argues for and contributes to the future of such interdisciplinary qualitative inquiry within the University, nationally and internationally


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