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We provide training programmes, toolkits, and resources to support development in the field, including facilitating opportunities for early career researchers.

Resources & toolkits

Arts in Health: Designing and researching interventions

Book by Dr Daisy Fancourt including a step-by-step approach to the research process

Baking Ingredients

The INgredients iN ArTs in hEalth (INNATE) Framework

A framework and toolkit to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of arts in health activities


The Multi-level Leisure Mechanisms Framework

A theoretical framework of mechanisms of action by which leisure activities could affect health

Baking Ingredients

The INgredients iN ArTs in hEalth (INNATE) Framework -
Additional Links

Below are links to our list of definitions of ingredients, INNATE worksheets, and video on active ingredients in arts and health activities.


The Multi-level Leisure Mechanisms Framework -
Additional Links

Below are links to our Mechanisms Framework supplementary material as well as our video on how arts effects health.


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


RSPH course 

*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:

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Saoirse Finn

Social & leisure engagement, polygenic scores and health


Emma Walker

Social, economic and cultural capital & health


Dr Keir Philip

Singing, dance and lung health

Doctoral training programmes

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A new and unique PhD training programme in bio-social research

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UCL-Birkbeck Medical Research Council DTP

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UCL Wellcome 4-year PhD in Mental Health Science

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