Creative Health MASc

London, Stratford (UCL East)

The MASc in Creative Health will create a new generation of socially engaged scholars and practitioners to meet the needs of a changing health, social care and voluntary third sector, where personalised care, a focus on health inequity and the patient experience are mainstreamed into public health. This programme is the first of its kind in the world, both in terms of the qualification (Masters in Arts & Sciences) and the academic field of study (Creative Health).

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
£7,050
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
£14,500
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in psychology, medicine/biomedicine, nursing and other allied health professions, sciences, arts, liberal arts, humanities and social sciences. Professional experience in the fields of arts, culture and health, or social prescribing, is desirable. An applicant whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and work experience in an appropriate field can be shown. Intercalating MBBS/BMBS applicants are welcomed provided applicants have an undergraduate degree (2:1 minimum or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

It may be possible to apply based on having completed three or four years of a medical degree programme; candidates wishing to be considered for admission in such circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The MASc in Creative Health is the first of its kind in the UK, providing the first Masters level ‘Arts and Sciences’ degree, with a focus on arts and health sciences. The programme seeks to address growing national and international interest in the evolving field of Creative Health. It does this by examining different aspects of this field, including arts, culture and nature in health, health equity, lived experience and community assets. Our approach to teaching and learning focuses on research-led/based practice, community engagement, non-clinical interventions including social prescribing, and experiential learning.

The MASc will help create a new generation of socially engaged scholars and practitioners to meet the needs of a changing health, social care and voluntary third sector, where personalised care and the patient experience are mainstreamed into primary, secondary and community health.

Over the last two decades, the field of Creative Health has grown rapidly, facilitated by a number of major advances in research, several key policy documents released by Arts Councils, central government and the World Health Organisation, as well as the growing participation of arts, culture, nature and community organisations in health and wellbeing. However, the 2017 All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing Creative Health Inquiry has identified a need for more training opportunities for those interested in working in the sector. This need is particularly acute given that there are still very limited opportunities available for health and social care professionals, researchers or people from wider backgrounds interested in the field, to receive specific training, let alone an academic qualification. Moreover, this need is more pressing than ever as the world recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. If the field is to continue to develop and promote high-quality research and practice, the development of such training opportunities is going to be vital.

To this end, the MASc Creative Health offers a range of taught and research-led modules providing students with an in-depth understanding of the depth and breadth of Creative Health, including practice, policy shift and research innovation. Taught modules will provide the necessary grounding in Creative Health for students to understand scope of research, policy and practice. The research dissertation will be undertaken in collaboration with a community partner, providing practical experience of the role of community organisations in supporting different aspects of health and wellbeing, with a focus on developing and applying research and evaluation skills.

Who this course is for

We are looking for applicants who are passionate about addressing the endemic health and social inequalities many people experience in the contemporary world. They should also be open to challenging their own pre-conceptions about the various approaches to health and wellbeing – in particular, non-clinical ones – and their efficacy. Students on the MASc Creative Health should be interested in conducting research, usually working on their own initiative, but should also be prepared to work in a hands-on and applied way in conjunction with fellow students, teaching staff and members from various interest groups and communities.
This programme will appeal to candidates who are passionate about creating a more socially inclusive society where arts, culture and the natural environment are central to supporting personalised care, tackling health inequity and improving the patient experience.

What this course will give you

There is a clearly identified need for more training opportunities for those interested in working at the interface of culture, nature, arts and health - see Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW). This need is particularly acute given the very limited opportunities available for healthcare/arts/creative professionals, researchers or people from wider backgrounds interested in creative health to receive specific training.

To meet this need the MASc in Creative Health offers a range of taught and research-led modules providing students with a detailed understanding of the depth and breadth of the field, including professional practice (such as social prescribing), policy shift and research innovation, related to all aspects of socially engaged work across the arts, culture, heritage, creativity, nature and the outdoors.

Rt Hon. Lord Howarth of Newport CBE, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing:

"I am delighted to support the development of UCL's exciting new MASc in Creative Health which directly addresses Recommendation 8 in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing's Inquiry Report Creative Health: 'We recommend that the education of clinicians, public health specialists and other health and care professionals includes accredited modules on the evidence base and practical use of the arts for health and wellbeing outcomes. We also recommend that arts education institutions initiate undergraduate and postgraduate courses and professional development modules dedicated to the contribution of the arts to health and wellbeing' (2017, p.155)."

The foundation of your career

The MASc Creative Health is a relatively new programme with our first cohort of students graduating in late 2022. We anticipate that graduates will be well placed to take up a position within health or social care, the arts, cultural and creative sectors, as well as community and local government, NGOs, and the voluntary and third sectors. Creative Health is also a growing area of research so we anticipate that graduates may enter PhD opportunities in related fields.

Employability

Students on the MASc Creative Health will develop practical skills in the application of the range of multi- and interdisciplinary concepts, theories and methods involved in creative health, as well as designing, researching and presenting creative health research using a variety of methods and media. They will also develop a deep understanding of the intersections between research, policy and practice in relation to arts, creativity and health, and be able to critically appraise evidence from a variety of sources, along with an ability to work independently and as part of a team, including with external teams such as a community partner organisation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and co-operative learning to ensure that you enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes where working in teams is important. Assessment is through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.

You will receive approximately 140 hours of contact hours for the compulsory modules, plus approximately 50-60 hours for your optional modules. The remainder of the time is spent in self-directed independent study. Each 15-credit module represents a notional 150 hours of study, which is made up of contact time and self-directed independent study.

Core modules are taught across Terms 1, 2 and 3. Optional modules vary according to the host department, but will run in Term 1, 2 or 3. The dissertation runs across Terms 2 and 3.

A Postgraduate Diploma, five compulsory modules (105 credits in total) and one optional module (15 credits), full-time over one academic year is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, four compulsory modules (60 credits in total), studied full-time over one academic year is offered.

Modules

You will take a total of 180 credits across the year, including the following compulsory modules:

  • BASC0030 Arts, Nature and Wellbeing: Non-Clinical Interventions in Health (15 credits)
  • BASC0050 Dissertation Project (90 credits)
  • BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research (15 credits)
  • BASC0052 Research Methods in Arts and Sciences (15 credits)
  • BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity (15 credits)

For your remaining 30 credits, you will take two optional modules from a pre-approved list.

In exceptional cases, we will allow you to take a module not included in the optional module list. The module should be of general relevance to the topic of Creative Health, including fields like health studies, health humanities, allied health, sports science, nutrition and anthropology. However, this will be at the discretion of the MASc Programme Lead and the relevant teaching department.

You will take a total of 180 credits across the two years, 60 credits in your first year and 120 credits in your second year. Your second year carries more credits as the dissertation module is worth 90 credits.

BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity are both compulsory modules but you can choose to take them in Year 1 or Year 2. You will take the following modules in Year 1:

  • BASC0030 Arts, Nature and Wellbeing: Non-Clinical Interventions in Health (15 credits)
  • BASC0052 Research Methods in Arts and Sciences (15 credits)
  • Your remaining 30 credits will be from one of the following combinations:
    • BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity
    • BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and one optional 15 credit module
    • BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity and one optional 15 credit module
    • 2 x 15 credit optional modules

You will take the following modules in Year 2:

  • BASC0050 Dissertation Project (90 credits)
  • Your remaining 30 credits will depend on whether you took one, both, or neither of BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in your first year. You will choose from one of the following combinations:
    • BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity
    • BASC0051 Lived Experience in Policy, Practice and Research and one optional 15 credit module
    • BASC0053 Approaches to Interdisciplinarity and one optional 15 credit module
    • 2 x 15 credit optional modules

Your two optional modules are from a pre-approved list.

In exceptional cases, we will allow you to take a module not included in the optional module list. The module should be of general relevance to the topic of Creative Health, including fields like health and community studies, health humanities, allied health, sports science, nutrition and anthropology. However, this will be at the discretion of the MASc Programme Lead and the relevant teaching department.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MASc in Creative Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Creative Health. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Creative Health.

Placement

Although not a formal placement, you will work with a community partner as part of the BASC0050 Dissertation Project module.

During the first term, we will provide you with a list of partner organisations and projects you can work on and you will be asked to select a number of them in order of preference. The allocation will be based on this preference in the first instance.

As most of your teaching will end after Term 2, it's expected you will spend more time at the community partner organisation during Term 3 until you submit your dissertation the following September. 

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs for students undertaking primary data collection, including travelling to community partners within the greater London area. There is limited funding available but other costs will be at the expense of the student.

In addition, as the MASc Creative Health is based at the UCL East campus in Stratford, students will need to fund their own travel between the Bloomsbury and UCL East campuses if they choose to take an optional module available only at Bloomsbury.

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

The MASc Creative Health programme offers a tuition fee scholarship covering full fees for one full-time student or for two part-time students for the academic year. Details about the scholarship including eligibility criteria are outlined on the department pages.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Creative Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Creative Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Candidates with previous experience in the fields of arts/culture/nature and health, social prescribing or other aspects of health and social care are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and work experience in an appropriate field can be shown.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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