Performing Arts Medicine (by DL) PG Cert

Distance learning programme

Performing Arts Medicine 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 academic year
2 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The PG Cert is offered as a distance learning option only and 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. PG Cert students with a clinical background can also upgrade to the extended curriculum Diploma or MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL at a later time

Who this course is for

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. We may suggest additional short course training before an offer is considered. We offer Zoom chats for prospective applicants. If you wish to meet with us, email and we will arrange a convenient time to talk to you.

What this course will give you

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. The extensive curriculum is designed and updated regularly based on evidence based literature and delivered by UK and international lecturers all experts in their field. Students are encouraged to contribute and participate in activities to enhance their learning experience.

The foundation of your career

Our PAM UCL Alumni meets twice a year online. It is a tight network of professionals from a variety of backgrounds that promotes and expands awareness and evidenced knowledge in Performing Arts Medicine. The Alumni also participates in the delivery of the UCL PAM courses and in further research activities, as well as in short courses such as PAM DAY:


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.

Teaching and learning

Assessment is through online coursework in a variety of formats such as presentations, essays, blogs, forum participation etc

PG Cert by Distance Learning follows the taught curriculum of each module through approximately 2 contact hours and 2 self-directed learning hours per week.



The PGCert programme consists of four modules.

  • Clinical Management of the Professional Voice User
  • Environmental & Lifestyle Issues for the Performing Artist
  • Performance Psychology
  • Science of Dance and Music Performance

There are no optional modules

Full time PGCert students attend online 2 modules in Term 1 (October, November, December) and 2 modules in Term 2 (January, February, March).

The rest of the academic year is used for examinations.


Modular/Flexible PGCert students attend their modules depending on their module selection each year up to 2 years. Student opting for this mode of study have flexibility in module selection. Module attendance and assessment dates are fixed.

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.

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 DL).


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

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £4,900
Tuition fees (2022/23) £9,800

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

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.

Funding your studies

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

Next steps

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 Application fees.

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. We may contact you for a short interview if we feel we need more information from you.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.