Research course

Health Humanities and Arts

University of Edinburgh · College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
MSc by research

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 learning courses subject to availability. The content of the programme will include a core course on Encountering Health Humanities and Arts, Humanities and Arts-Informed Research Methods in the Social Sciences, 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 651 5144