School of English and Drama

MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health

Our MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health asks you to reflect critically on the ways in which art and performance can be used to investigate and to engage the public with experiences of mental health and the mental health system. 

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The programme is jointly run by us and by the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine's Centre for Psychiatry. This partnership allows us to offer a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to exploring mental health. You will engage with the history, theory, and practice of performance in relation to all aspects of mental health care practices in national and international contexts.

Directed at education professionals, artists, scholars, and mental health practitioners, the programme offers you the chance to network with others in the field, expand your knowledge base, and develop your skills for working in the arts sector. You will be fully equipped to go on to pursue doctoral research or careers in a range of sectors.


You will take these compulsory modules:

  • Critical Mental Health Sciences
  • Performing Mental Health
  • Key Critical Figures in Mental Health Practice

In addition, you will take a Research Methods module which culminates in a 10-15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

You will also choose an additional performance or placement Drama module from a list that currently includes:

  • Cultural Industries
  • Independent Practical Project


We offer a variety of modes of study to suit your existing workloads and lifestyles. The MSc can be studied full-time in one year or part-time in two years.

Entry Requirements

We normally expect applicants to hold (or be predicted) at least a good 2.1 degree in a subject relevant to the programme. 

We are able to make alternative offers dependent on your academic background and professional experience. You should demonstrate clearly in your personal statement how this experience contributes to your aptitude for academic study at postgraduate level.


To apply for a place you need to complete Queen Mary's online application form. Further information on that process is available through the College Admissions website.

Further Information

Further information is available on the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine website. For queries, please contact Dr Martin Welton (Reader in Theatre and Performance) or Dr Erminia Colucci (Lecturer in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine).