Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: up to 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,460 (FT) £5,725 (PT)
- £23,020 (FT) £11,460 (PT)
A primary medical qualification (MBBS or equivalent) or a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline (e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing, sports science, biomedical sciences, athletic training) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A second-class Bachelor's degree (or the overseas equivalent) in psychology, speech therapy, or performance science is also acceptable for the PG Cert.
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.
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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The MSc covers key areas relating to performance-related musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury, ergonomics, focal dystonias, differential diagnoses, performance psychology, prescribed and non-prescribed medication, and assessment and rehabilitation of injury, the disabled performer, travelling and touring, the science of dance and music performance and clinical management of the professional voice. 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 (eight core modules, 120 credits) and a Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules, 60 credits) are also offered.
- Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Artists
- Clinical Management of the Professional Voice*
- Drugs and Disability within the Performing Arts World
- Environmental Issues, Travelling and Touring, Governance and the Law*
- Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
- Performance Psychology*
- Research Methodology
- Science of Dance and Music Performance
- (*PG Cert core module)
- (*PG Cert core module)
- There are no optional modules for this degree.
All MSc students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 6,000–7,000 words, a presentation and a viva.
Teaching and Learning
The delivery of the programme is through lectures and tutorials, workshops, attendance of performing arts clinics and fieldwork alongside performers. Details about the lecturers, tutors and experienced professionals in this field can be found here.
Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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 gain in-depth knowledge of the diverse field of performing arts medicine. Their specialised skills can be incorporated in their own professional practice or they can participate in performing arts clinics in various settings e.g. conservatoires, orchestras, music or dance colleges.
Graduates' knowledge and experience is valued and they may be invited as educators and trainers in performing arts medicine and will become members of an ever-growing medical community with common interest in the wellbeing of the performer.
Graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity, such as progressing to PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.
Why study this degree at UCL?
No other MSc programme currently exists in the UK that 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 › 152 staff › 266 taught students › 141 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 diverse clinical backgrounds including medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, manual medicine, nursing, sports therapy, athletic training or biomedical sciences. For the PG Cert we also welcome students from a psychology, speech therapy or performance science background. If a professional background is not mentioned, we will review the application on an individual basis.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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