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Contact details

Mr Mark Armstrong

Email: mark.armstrong02@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7472 6220

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Performing Arts Medicine MSc

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a new, unique programme providing specialised training in Performing Arts Medicine to clinicians interested or already involved in treating this very special subset encompassing instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and all performing artists.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The MSc covers key areas including musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury, ergonomics, focal dystonias, differential diagnoses, performance psychology, drugs and self medication, and assessment and rehabilitation of injury. Alongside detailed clinical teaching and method there will be practical content relating to the performing arts industry, law, research, and dance and voice science.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

No other existing MSc programme currently in the UK brings together all elements of Performing Arts Medicine. This unique programme has been designed to provide a minimum standard for health professionals entering this field.

The programme is taught in conjunction with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, The Royal College of Music and Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Lecturers are nationally and internationally renowned, and are leading researchers and writers in Performing Arts Medicine.

Students will benefit from the significant clinical content within the MSc, and opportunities for field trips to performing arts arenas.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible up to 2 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven compulsory modules (105 credits), one option (15 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
  • Research Methods and Project Initiation
  • Environmental Issues, Travelling and Touring, Governance and the Law
  • Drugs and Disability within the Performing Arts World
  • Performance Psychology
  • Assessment and Wellness of the Performing Artists
  • Rehabilitation of Performance Related Injury


  • Medical Problems of Instrumentalists
  • Clinical Voice Management
  • Medical Problems in Dancers


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words, a presentation and individual viva.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, workshops, demonstrations and group discussions. Assessment is through written examinations, a group project, coursework, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and the research project, individual viva and presentation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A primary medical qualification (MBBS, two years post-qualification) or a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline (e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing, sports science) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 23 August 2013. 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.

Who can apply?

We welcome students from clinical and performance science backgrounds to come and access UCL's expertise. Postgraduate students are accepted from diverse backgrounds including medicine, manual therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing and performance science. If your specialism is not listed we will review each applicant on an individual basis.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Performing Arts Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Performing Arts Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.


Graduates of this programme will have a robust understanding of the field of Performing Arts Medicine and will have acquired the necessary transferable skills that will allow them to work as a health professional in this area. The programme will also provide a stimulus to further research activity in this new and exciting field.

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