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 course is based at the main UCL campus and the (ISEH).
The programme is offered as a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or as a Masters (MSc) in Performing Arts Medicine. The full curriculum includes key areas of performance related musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury, performance psychology, prescribed and non-prescribed medication, the disabled performer, traveling and touring, the science of dance and music performance and clinical management of the professional voice.
The Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL is a unique programme providing specialised training to those interested or already involved in offering health services to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing artists.
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
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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 a PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Performing Arts Medicine Specialist, Perform Health
- GP (General Practitioner), Grove Surgery
- Physiotherapist, NHS (National Health Service)
- Physiotherapist, Perfect Balance Clinic
- Lecturer, Birmingham Conservatoire
Assessing a performing artist requires specialised skills and the ability to associate health issues with the particular artistic activity. The programme provides its students with broad knowledge of the art forms and their demands on the performer and how these impact on their wellbeing. With focused tutorials and real life scenarios the student builds the confidence to assess and diagnose or refer appropriately as well as to monitor rehabilitation and return to performance. The privileged position of the health professional in helping performers overcome often career threatening adversity is a most rewarding experience that enriches this type of work.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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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 health 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. For other professions, we review applications on an individual basis.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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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.
The MSc and diploma cover musculoskeletal injury, performance psychology, pain management, assessment and rehabilitation, disability, travelling and touring, dance and music performance science, management of the professional voice and research methodology. MSc students also engage in a research project and dissertation. The certificate is a limited curriculum version for non-clinicians or clinicians who wish to upgrade at a later time.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MSc programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and the research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (eight core modules, 120 credits)
A Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules, 60 credits)
- Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Artists
- Clinical Management of the Professional Voice*
- Pain and Disability Management within the Performing Arts World
- Environmental & Lifestyle Issues for the Performing Artist*
- Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
- Performance Psychology*
- Research Methodology
- Science of Dance and Music Performance*
*PG Cert core module
There are no optional modules for this programme.
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, tutorials or workshops. Performing arts clinics and performance settings when possible are also included in the programme. Details about the lecturers and tutors can be found here.
Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Performing Arts Medicine MSc