Health Humanities and Arts

Research profile

Who this programme is for

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.

About our programme

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
  • 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.

Programme content

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 Humanities and Arts-Informed Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • a range of related existing courses within the School and University
  • 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.

*(Revised 5 February 2021 to include updated programme structure and content.)

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in philosophy or a related field such as cognitive science, computer science, psychology or linguistics.

Programme structure

The programme comprises:

  • one compulsory course (20 credits)
  • a dissertation (80 credits)
  • 80 credits from a wide range of options

Under the guidance of the Programme Director and your supervisor, you will have the freedom to design your own programme by selecting available option courses from across the University of Edinburgh.

Your choices will be based on your particular expertise, research interests and career prospects.

*(Revised 5 February 2021 to include updated programme structure and content.)

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

Award Title Duration Study mode
MScR 1 Year Full-time Programme structure 2020/21

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.


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