Performing Arts Medicine MSc

The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: up to 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT) £5,560 (PT)
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 August 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 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 Methodology
  • Environmental Issues, Travelling and Touring, Governance and the Law
  • Drugs and Disability within the Performing Arts World
  • Performance Psychology
  • Clinical Management of the Professional Voice
  • Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Arts
  • Science of Dance and Music Performance


  • There are no optional modules for this degree.


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 delivery of the course is through lectures and tutorials, workshops, attendance of performing arts clinics and field-work alongside performers and at stage events. Details about the lecturers, tutors are experienced professionals in this field can be found here.

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Performing Arts Medicine MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme will have gained in-depth knowledge of the diverse field of PErforming Arts MEdicine. Their specialised skills can be incorporated in their own line of professional practice or they can participate in performing arts clinics in various settings such as conservatories, orchestras and music schools.

Graduates' knowledge and subsequent experience will be valued. They will be invited to act as educators and trainers in Performing Arts Medicine and become members of an ever growing medical community with common interest in the wellbeing of the performer.

The course is willing to guide those graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity such as progressing to PhD.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 140 staff › 228 taught students › 91 research students

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps


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 including medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, manual medicine, nursing, sports therapy or performance science. If a professional background is not mentioned, we will review the application on an individual basis.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 August 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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