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Arts, Health and Social Change MA

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Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Health Studies Social Studies

Course type


Course Summary


MA Arts, Health and Social Change brings those working in or interested in developing their skills in arts, health and social change together to learn from leaders in the field in the context of research and practice.

You will hold a critical belief that culture and the arts have a significant part to play in health and social change and a conviction that a collective approach offers new ways of reimagining public health.

This course stems from the research-informed direction of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, a leading research, advocacy and education centre, re-imagining and undertaking, multidisciplinary research into the fundamental questions about arts, health and social change. This ties explicitly to the Manchester Institute for Arts, Heath & Social Change. The programme benefits from the rich networks and strategic working relationships within Manchester, the UK and internationally.

We invite participants from a range of arts and health disciplines and/or professional backgrounds which might include traditional art school roots and psychology and healthcare but may also embrace subjects from visual anthropology to the digital and literary arts. People with professional experience wanting to further develop their practice and theoretical understanding of the field will form a key cohort in this Masters.


The programme will enable individuals to gain the knowledge and practical experience to propel their careers in this fast developing field.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.


Alongside practical project work, this unit provides a space to explore key research and emerging issues within society, encouraging scrutiny of current practices aimed at impacting on health and wellbeing. We?ll discuss the relevance of the arts from the cradle to the grave, placing a strong emphasis on inequalities and the social determinants of health. Our aim will be to expand understanding of theory and practice in the emerging public health agenda.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will have 2:1 or above at degree level, with experience in the field of arts/health/social change (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. In total, the University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and dozens of postgraduate research areas. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned...more