We provide training programmes, toolkits, and resources to support development in the field, including facilitating opportunities for early career researchers.
Resources & toolkits
The Centre is committed to supporting training and development for researchers and community practitioners.
Arts Health Research Intensive
Our annual Arts Health Research Intensive delivered in partnership with the University of Florida provides 5 days of teaching and hands-on research training.
The course provides a rich introduction to the evidence base around arts in health and the fundamentals of evaluation and research. It is suitable for anyone with a background or interest in the arts, healthcare, community health or social care, and research, and who wishes to learn more about the field and meet others who share their interests.
We are currently planning our next Research Intensive, keep an eye on this page for further updates.
"The best part was the opportunity to discuss ideas with people who share a passion for arts in health from all over the world."
Research Intensive delegate, 2020
"A brilliantly organised summary... It's very clear, sequential and applicable to artists and researchers."
RSPH Course participant, 2022
*100% recommendation rate*
"A comprehensive overview of how engaging with arts activities may influence health outcomes." Course participant, 2022
We have partnered with the Royal Society for Public Health to deliver a new arts and health training course: Arts, Culture and Heritage: Understanding their complex effects on our health
The course aims to increase knowledge and understanding of how community resources, including arts, culture and heritage activities can improve our physical and mental health and wellbeing. The course is aimed at early career researchers and community organisations, and the content includes: i) The health benefits of engagement; ii) The predictors of engagement; iii) Active ingredients; iv) Mechanisms of action; and v) Modelling complexity.
Arts Health ECRN
The Arts Health ECRN brings together early career researchers working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health & medicine
We run the Arts Health Early Career Research Network for all those working on projects that lie at the intersection of the arts, humanities, health & medicine. Across our LINK, LEARN, and LEAD strands of work, we provide opportunities for ECRs to link together to expand their networks, support learning and development, and train ECRs to become future leaders in arts and health. Founded in 2017, the network now has over 1,000 members, including 50 ECRN representatives across 30 countries, and it is free to join.
*NEWS* As part of the ECRN, we are collaborating with the University of Toronto on a new project called EC3R: Establishing Capacity, Connection and Collaboration for ECRs. Through the project, we are offering three £800 grants for ECRs based in the UK and three CAD$ 1,000 grants for those based in Canada to support you to get your ideas off the ground. Find out more about how to apply by downloading our funding information sheet. Deadline to apply: Tuesday 28th February 2023.
UCL provides a range of exciting education opportunities which include learning about arts and health research. Staff within the Centre teach on undergraduate courses (e.g. the BASc Arts and Sciences and the BSc Population Health Sciences) and postgraduate courses (e.g. the MSc Health Psychology & the MASc in Creative Health). Many students on the courses have the opportunity to join research projects in the Centre to undertake arts and health research. We also supervise PhD students, including working with several UCL Doctoral Training Programmes.
Current PhD students:
Doctoral training programmes
A new and unique PhD training programme in bio-social research
UCL-Birkbeck Medical Research Council DTP
UCL Wellcome 4-year PhD in Mental Health Science