Taught course

Design for Health and Wellbeing

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester School of Art

Entry requirements

Applicants will have a 2:1 or above at degree level, with experience in the field of design and/or health (or international equivalent); or a degree equivalent postgraduate diploma, or a professional qualification or relevant professional experience will be considered. Alternatively, applicants may be admitted without the above, if they can demonstrate exceptional experience within the field.

Overseas applicants need to meet English language levels in line with the university requirements for postgraduate level: IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English language qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA/MSc Design for Health and Wellbeing is a masters that offers those working in - or interested in developing their skills in - design, health and wellbeing the chance to engage in real-life opportunities to address social and societal challenges related to health and wellbeing. It encourages those from both creative and scientific backgrounds to learn from and become leaders in the field in research and practice.

Mental and physical health and wellbeing are an essential foundation for all people, from childhood into old age. However, much of mental and physical health provision still relies on a treatment perspective. By contrast, this MA/MSc will promote holistic, salutogenic and preventive strategies that recognise and respond to people’s needs, wants, wishes and rights to further health, wellbeing, and equality.

Students on the programme will hold the critical belief that creativity and design have a significant part to play in designing interventions to further health and wellbeing, and they will hold a conviction that through its co-creative and collective approaches, design offers new ways of reimagining public and community health.

Covering the three key areas of context and policy, co-design and design outcomes and interventions, this comprehensive programme will enable individuals to gain the knowledge and experience needed to propel their careers in a fast-developing field.


  • Explore current understandings of health and wellbeing and their social and cultural implications to inform the development of prevention and support interventions.
  • Benefit from transdisciplinary partnerships with fellow postgraduate students across the University.
  • Gain hands-on experience from our links to local charities and non-profit organisations such as the RNIB, Venture Arts and Rainbow Haven.

Fees and funding

For further information see our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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