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MA Design for Health and Wellbeing

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Full time | Manchester Campus | 12 months | SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Self Development Art & Design

Course type


Course Summary

The MA 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.


Graduates of Design for Health and Wellbeing will possess the skills and characteristics needed for a variety of career paths, including product designer, design researcher/strategist, UX designer and design consultant. Beyond design fields, graduates will also be equipped to pursue careers as workshop managers, community art and outreach co-ordinators, wellbeing support workers and more.


In this unit, students will bring together their learning experiences to develop their core project. Students will work with relevant local communities and/or stakeholders to offer novel ways of exploring pressing health and social concerns, where Greater Manchester will be an incubator of step-changing research and innovation. Project work is self-generated by the student(s) and is expected to evidence a synthesis of knowledge, understanding, skills and expertise acquired across the duration of the programme. With this unit, students will decide whether to study for an MA or an MSc in line with university criteria for MA/MSc study.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will have a 2:2 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.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more