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Health Humanities and Arts MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies Art

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This 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.

Graduates can use this programme’s training and experience to enhance their career in a related profession such as health care, social work, nursing, or education. Increasingly, employers are seeking Masters qualifications from applicants for practitioner and management roles and graduates are well positioned for these opportunities. A wide range of career opportunities and specialities are open to graduates of the MSc Health Humanities & Arts including health policy, health management, science and medical journalism, bioethics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, health advocacy, art history and heritage.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This interdisciplinary course invites students to explore and critically analyse key developments in Health Humanities and Arts through experiential, innovative and collaborative methods. The field of Health Humanities is closely linked to (Critical) Medical Humanities, and to Sociologies, Anthropologies and Geographies of health and illness. This core course supports students to articulate and contribute to debates about the naming ? and implications of naming ? disciplinary fields in this still developing area. The course builds on this critical stance to examine some of the ways in which arts and humanities approaches have been enrolled to think through, respond to and transform health in its broadest sense. This incorporates critical engagements with policy processes, practice development, as well as health and medical research. We explore how far arts and humanities approaches might offer creative and intellectually stimulating ways of (re)conceptualizing and (re)presenting health, illness and disability; whether and how they can improve knowledge of individual and community experiences of health and illness whilst challenging structural issues in society.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£21,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. Students with relevant work experience will also be considered.