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University of Edinburgh: Health Humanities and Arts

Institution University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Health in Social Science
Study type Taught


This programme is currently under review, and we anticipate changes to course structure. The anticipated changes relate to the balance between taught and research components.

We are awaiting formal approval which we anticipate to be received by mid-November 2020.

We will then publish any changes to the description of this programme.

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 Encountering Health Humanities and Arts

  • 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.

MSc (Res)

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