UCL Graduate degrees


Performing Arts Medicine (by Distance Learning) PG Cert

Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) at UCL offers a unique Distance Learning Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) to those interested or already involved in health services or health education to this very special sector of instrumental musicians, singers, dancers, actors, circus artists and other performers.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 2 years
Distance learning: available

The Postgraduate Certificate is offered by distance learning only

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£4,770 (FT)
£9,500 (FT)

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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: Distance learning programme

Entry requirements

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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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About this degree

The PG Cert covers performance psychology, environment and lifestyle issues, travelling and touring, dance and music performance science, health promotion and health education within the arts and management of the professional voice. The PGCert is offered to those who wish to learn about performers' physical and mental wellbeing. Students with a clinical background can also upgrade to the Diploma or MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL at a later time.

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four core taught modules (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Performing Arts Medicine (by Distance Learning).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Science of Dance and Music Performance
  • Management of the Professional Voice
  • Environment and Lifestyle Issues for the Performing Artist
  • Performance Psychology

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

The delivery of the programme is through pre-recorded and virtual live lectures, online discussions and journal clubs and supported by a wealth of resources and activities within our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment is through coursework in a variety of formats such as presentations, essays, blogs, forum participation etc

PG Cert by Distance Learning follows the taught curriculum and the module assessments through approximately 6 contact hours per week. We estimate an additional 4 hours per week for self-learning.

Term 1 runs through October, November and December and Term 2 runs through January, February and March each academic year. Assessments take place online throughout the year and complete by the end of May.

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the UCL Libraries and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically from E-resources @ UCL. Some students like to purchase their own textbooks or print course documents and we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 in Performing Arts Medicine. Graduates become members of an ever-growing healthcare community with common interest in the wellbeing of the performer. 

Graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity will receive appropriate guidance.


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 physical and mental health.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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This unique programme has been designed for health professionals entering this diverse field.

‘The curriculum is very diverse and lecturers are experts in their field, creating a great learning environment with interesting discussions, where every student is encouraged to contribute their expertise. I was able to expand my knowledge in so many more ways than I’d expected.’

Sarah, Physiotherapist, Austria

The programme is taught by lecturers working in this and affiliated fields. Curriculum is supported by the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine and informed by ongoing collaboration with orchestras, theatre companies, and music, dance, circus and acting colleges.

‘The Performing Arts Medicine programme has been a delight to be a part of. Not only are you learning incredibly interesting topics that you can relate to your profession, you are taught by experts in their field and you are becoming part of a close knit family of people who all share your passion for helping performing artists.’ Aisha, Sport Rehabilitator, UK

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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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

We welcome students from diverse healthcare backgrounds including medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic medicine, manual medicine, nursing, sports therapy, athletic training or biomedical sciences as well as students from a psychology, speech therapy or performance science background. For other professions, we review applications on an individual basis.

Application enquiries

We offer Skype or Zoom chats for prospective applicants. If you wish to meet with us, email dsis.performingarts@ucl.ac.uk and we will arrange a convenient time to talk to you.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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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