The MA in Arts, Health, and Performance is engaging. It is a fascinating exploration of how arts interventions and opportunities can improve health and wellbeing, and has benefitted me both personally and academically.


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    The Master in Arts, Health and Performance offers an engaging course with a unique blend of academic study and practice.

    We know that lives are busy, so we have designed the course to be taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Our course will equip you with highly employable skills and advanced knowledge to critically understand and navigate related fields both as an individual and in your professional role(s).

    Why study Arts, Health and Performance?

    This multi-disciplinary Masters course examines the potential of participatory arts, performance science and artistic practice to enhance health, wellbeing, education/training and performance. Theories, research and practice within disciplines of psychology, sociology, physiology and pedagogy will be related to participatory/inclusive and elite arts contexts. There is engagement with research and practice throughout the course and there is an opportunity to develop a research project that can take different forms such as practice/performance-based, lab-based and/or written.

    Students benefit from expertise, talks and workshops from clinicians, practitioners and artists as the Sidney De Hann Centre for Arts and Health and Centre for Practice Research in the Arts are part of the University and campus.

    The Canterbury campus offers a studio theatre, performance studios, studio-lab, music studios, a concert hall, a sports centre with fully equipped gym, and green areas and gardens.

      All about the course

      Who is the course for?

      This Masters course is for anyone interested in studying at postgraduate level that has an interest in engaging in academic and practice-based learning and arts for health, participatory, community and inclusive practice, health issues in performers, promoting and supporting performer health and wellbeing and education/training to enhance performance in the arts. The course will appeal to students that have studied an arts subject at undergraduate level, artists, performers, creatives and practitioners in dance, drama/theatre, music and/or performing arts.

      The course is designed for graduates who have completed a degree in a related field and wish to develop their knowledge and career potential; or graduates who have completed a degree in a different discipline but now wish to pursue a career related to arts, health and performance. It is also designed for those who already work in a related role and who wish to enhance their knowledge and confidence in the workplace or to develop their career potential.

      We are proud to work with students with varied protected characteristics, including age, disability, race, sex and sexual orientation, and aim to provide appropriate support for individual needs.

      What will I study?

      To gain the MA award you will study:

      • Creativity, Culture, and Community (20 credits)
      • Performance, Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
      • Collaborative Practice (40 credits)
      • Performance Science (20 credits)
      • Professional Development (20 credits)
      • Final Project (60 credits)

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience.


      Before starting the course you'll be invited to attend an induction session which will give you details about academic, research and writing skills needed to study at postgraduate level. The induction will include such elements as library skills, IT applications, relevant software skills, research skills and writing at Master’s level. It is also an opportunity to meet with other students on the course.

      Special features

      We have a number of performance spaces such as a studio theatre, performance studios, studio lab, a concert hall and a sports centre with fully-equipped gym.

      How to apply

      For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online. Please note that candidates will be interviewed by a member of the teaching team prior to being accepted onto the course. For more information about the course, please contact:

      Entry requirements

      Undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The course is taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Face to face sessions will take place in Canterbury on our main campus next to the city centre. Students will receive over 260 scheduled hours during their course and are expected to supplement this with independent study. Our online Virtual Learning Environment allows students to interact with each other outside of the physical class time, allowing a lively culture to develop, even at a distance.

      The course is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online teaching, which will involve intensive delivery on a week day afternoon and occasionally at the weekend, thus weekly contact hours will vary. Students will receive over 260 hours scheduled contact hours during the course.

      Research and practice is explored and examined through workshops, lectures and seminars. You will have opportunities to apply theories/research and practice in a variety of ways.

      Professor Angela PickardProfessor of Dance Education and Director of Centre for Practice Research in the Arts

      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, practice, reports, essays and presentations.

      Your future career

      Graduates of this course will be able to pursue careers in a variety of arts roles, including in strategic development, project management in related fields, managerial positions in participatory arts and health/arts and education/arts and performance and in for profit or non-profit organisations. Graduates would have knowledge and understanding of arts for health and how to enhance health, wellbeing and longevity in performance, that would be an asset to arts companies and performers.

      Students who are already in the workplace will benefit from using their new-found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. They can also use the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

      Students completing this MA could also go on to a PhD in Performing Arts or Music and could undertake a teaching qualification (PGCE or Schools Direct) to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.

      Our interdisciplinary team includes artists, practitioners, industry professionals, researchers, scientists, therapists and clinicians, all with interests in aspects of the arts to enhance health, wellbeing, and/or performance.

      Professor Angela PickardProfessor of Dance Education and Director of Centre for Practice Research in the Arts


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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