Performing Arts Medicine MSc

Distance learning programme

Performing Arts Medicine at UCL offers a unique programme as an MSc or PGDip (Distance Learning with 2 weeks per year campus delivery) or PGCert (Distance Learning only). It provides specialised training 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 performing artists.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar 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.

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 MSc and Diploma (PG Dip), offered as mixed-mode (distance learning and two residential weeks) cover musculoskeletal injury, performance psychology, pain management, clinical assessment and rehabilitation, disability, travelling and touring, environmental risk factors, dance and music performance science, management of the professional voice and research methodology. MSc students also engage in a research project and write up a dissertation.

The Certificate (PG Cert) is a limited curriculum version for non-clinicians or clinicians who wish to upgrade to MSc or Diploma at a later time.

The PG Cert is offered by distance learning only.

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. For other professions, we review  applications on an individual basis. We can 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.

MSc or PGDip students build the confidence to assess and diagnose or refer appropriately as well as to monitor rehabilitation and return to performance, depending on their professional background. 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.

No other MSc programme currently exists that brings together all elements of Performing Arts Medicine. This unique programme has been designed for health professionals entering this diverse field. 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 research programme is supported by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, as well as orchestras, theatre and circus companies, and music and dance colleges.

"I was able to expand my knowledge in so many more ways than I'd expected."

Sarah, Physiotherapist, Austria

"The Performing Arts Medicine MSc course 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

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


Careers in Performing Arts Medicine vary from academic and educational to clinical and health supporting positions. Performing Arts Medicine gives opportunities for self-employment or participation in multidisciplinary clinical settings.

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 'in-house' clinics such as in conservatoires, music or dance colleges, orchestras, theatre or circus schools or companies

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. 

Graduate students present in international conferences and publish in journals becoming members of the global Performing Arts Medicine community.

Graduates who have aspirations for further academic study and research activity, such as progressing to a PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.

Teaching and learning

Assessment is mainly through coursework and online examinations. A variety of assessment formats is used such as essays, blogs, infographics or oral presentations. For our clinical module we use objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) that take place during the residential weeks.

  • Full-time (1 year) MSc and PGDip - approximately 12 hours teaching & 10 hours independent learning per week during term
  • Part-time (2 years) MSc and PGDip - approximately 6 hours teaching & 4 hours independent learning per week during term
  • Modular/Flexible (up to 5 years) MSc and PGDip - contact and self-directed learning hours depending on the selected modules every year
  • Residential Weeks in Term 3 consist of 6 hours per day teaching in Week 1 and oral examinations in Week 2.

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core taught modules (120 credits). The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four core taught modules (60 credits).


The MSc/PGDip programme consists of 8 Core taught modules. MSc students also engage in a Research Project.

Core modules

  • 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
  • Science of Dance & Music Performance
  • Research Methodology & Transferable Skills

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/Research Project

All MSc students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 6,000–7,000 words, a presentation and a viva.

Full-time MSc/PGDip students attend online 4 taught modules in Term 1 (October, November, December) and 4 taught modules in Term 2 (January, February, March).

Two Residential Weeks take place in Term 3 (April, May, June).

The rest of the academic year is used for examinations.

MSc students engage in their Research Project throughout the year. Dissertation submission is in August with a research presentation and viva taking place early in September.

Part-time MSc/PGDip students attend online 2 taught modules in Term 1 (October, November, December) and 2 taught modules in Term 2 (January, February, March) during the 1st year of study. They return to take the 4 remaining taught modules in their 2nd year.

Two Residential Weeks take place in Term 3 (April, May, June) of the 2nd year.

The rest of the academic year is used for examinations.

MSc students engage in their Research Project throughout the 2nd year. Dissertation submission is in August with a research presentation and viva taking place early in September of the 2nd year.

Modular/Flexible MSc/PGDip students attend their modules depending on their module selection every year and up to 5 years. Students 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.

Students undertake modules up to the value of 180 credits depending on their course. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Performing Arts Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Performing Arts Medicine.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme also available 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 text books or print course documents and we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.

In addition, students will be required to pay for their accommodation, travel costs to teaching, clinic observations or project locations when necessary during residential weeks or research study.

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

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.

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.

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