12 months
24000 GBP/year
11900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This full-time and part-time campus-based programme in Health Humanities and Arts from The University of Edinburgh 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.

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The programme in Health Humanities and Arts from The University of Edinburgh  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.

Career opportunities

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
  • heritage

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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are 3 rounds of admission.

  • 1 : 27 November 
  • 2:  26 March 
  • 3: 11 June 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11900 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part time tuition fees
  • Home: £5,950
  • International/EU: £12,000

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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