Postgraduate study

Health Humanities and Arts

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Programme website: Health Humanities and Arts

This full-time and part-time campus-based programme is designed for professionals and recent graduates in humanities, medical, health, social care and policy fields as well as staff in the voluntary sector and creative practitioners. The programme offers a unique perspective within the embryonic interdisciplinary field of health humanities. You will have the opportunity to undertake a programme that brings arts and humanities knowledge and practices to bear upon health and wellbeing in relation to, for example, patient empowerment, self-reflection in health professionals and policymakers, and the impact upon bodily markers of health.

You will explore how performing and fine arts, film, literature and other art forms offer creative and intellectually stimulating ways of (re)conceptualising and (re)presenting health, illness and disability, and are especially good at enriching knowledge of individual and community experiences of health and illness while also challenging structural issues in society. Innovative, experiential and collaborative approaches will encourage ‘hands-on’ learning; acknowledging and encouraging the expression of personal experiences in the co-construction of Health Humanities and Arts knowledge.

Primarily campus-based, you will be able to attend a limited number of online distance learning courses, including a MOOC, subject to availability. The content of the programme will include a new core course on Encountering Health Humanities and Arts, Humanities and Arts-Informed Research Methods, a range of related existing courses within the School and University, and a dissertation in which students will have scope to develop creative, humanities or arts-inflected research and collaborative approaches to matters of health and well-being. You will also form part of the University of Edinburgh’s new cutting-edge research Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry, which brings together a dynamic interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners.

Teaching and learning are offered through a series of taught core and optional courses that form an innovative and engaging programme. Educational activities include lecture, seminar, workshops, group and individual tasks, many of which are student-led. The programme is campus-based but makes use of creative digital technologies to ensure a high-quality, exciting learning experience.

The programme will equip you with knowledge and understanding of:

  • theoretical understandings of health and well-being
  • approaches linking the creative and the artistic with health and well-being
  • debates about research and research evidence in the field of social science research
  • transferable interpersonal, conceptual and analytical skills, including critical thinking, self-evaluation and research.

Graduates can use this programme’s training and experience to enhance their career in a related profession such as health care, social work, nursing, or education. Increasingly, employers are seeking Masters qualifications from applicants for practitioner and management roles and graduates are well positioned for these opportunities.

A wide range of career opportunities and specialities are open to graduates of the MSc Health Humanities & Arts including health policy, health management, science and medical journalism, bioethics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, health advocacy, art history and heritage.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application if you have relevant work experience and submit a Personal Statement demonstrating a high level of motivation, and indicating why you wish to take this particular study route.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration * UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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  • Programme Administrator
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3969
  • Email: health@ed.ac.uk
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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Further information

  • Programme Administrator
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3969
  • Email: health@ed.ac.uk
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG