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Surgery and Interventional Science

MSc in Performing Arts Medicine

Performing Arts Medicine MSc

Performing Arts Medicine is a unique specialised field attracting interest from a variety of medical specialists and health practitioners worldwide who wish to include assessment and management of performers in their work.

University College London has recognised the need for training in this specialist area. The programme has collaborated with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, the Royal College of Music and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to provide the opportunity for further knowledge and exposure to this broad field of medical practice.

The programme is offered as a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or as a Masters (MSc) in Performing Arts Medicine. The curriculum includes key areas relating to performance related musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury, performance psychology, prescribed and non-prescribed medication, the disabled performer, travelling and touring, the science of dance and music performance and clinical management of the professional voice.

Key Information

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

Degree Structure

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
Options
  • There are no optional modules for this degree.
Dissertation/report

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

Applications

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.

Select your country:

How to apply

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
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.

Careers

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.

Programme Directors

Options

  • PG Diploma

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,125
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,560
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,350
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,125

Application deadline

  • 31 August 2015

Teaching Administrator

  • Sital Thanki

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