UCL Graduate degrees


Creative Health MASc

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, 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).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,500 (FT)
£6,250 (PT)
£25,800 (FT)
£12,900 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

English language requirements

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: Advanced

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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About this degree

Upon successful completion of the MASc in Creative Health students will acquire a range of subject-specific knowledge, including: an awareness of the scope of creative health research, policy and practice (e.g. social prescribing); have a good understanding of the social and cultural determinants of health; and be able to apply a range of methods for evaluating creative health interventions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits). Upon successful completion of 180 credits, students will be awarded a MASc in Creative Health.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MASc in Creative Health.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Arts, Nature and Wellbeing: Non-Clinical Interventions in Health
  • Approaches to Interdisciplinarity
  • Public Engagement with Research
  • Research Methods in Arts and Sciences
  • Dissertation (community-based research project)

All students will undertake a community-based dissertation research project which will involve spending time working with one of our London community partner organisations.

Optional modules include

30 credits of options drawn from the following list:

  • Art in the Public Sphere
  • Designing Inclusive Places
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice
  • Health Inequalities over the Lifecourse
  • Illness
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Women's Health
  • Madness
  • Mental Health in a Social and Global Context
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
  • Wellbeing in Buildings: Theory and Practice

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.


All MASc students undertake a 15,000 words individual research dissertation project, working in collaboration with 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.

Core modules are taught across terms one and two. Optional modules vary according to the host department, but will run in term one, two or three. The dissertation runs across the academic year.

Additional costs

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

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 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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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


This is a brand new qualification and programme, and as such there are no Alumni but we anticipate that graduates will be well placed to take up a position within health or social care, the arts, cultural and creative sectors, and community, local government, NGO, 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.


The programme is designed to teach students how to connect scholarship with professional practice and policy in the fields of creative health (also known as arts and health), social prescribing and community-based approaches to public health. The programme will provide interdisciplinary perspectives on creative health. The modules draw on different approaches to assessing skills and knowledge so that students can develop a diverse set of skills needed for working in creative health. These include: presenting, team working, applying theory to practice, translating research into policy and practice, project management and planning, policy analysis, time management and critical thinking.

Why study this degree at UCL?

There is a clearly identified need for more training opportunities for those interested in working at the interface of arts and health (see ‘Creative Health Inquiry' by the APPG for Arts, Health and Wellbeing). 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 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).”

Department: Arts and Sciences

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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