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Surgery and Interventional Science

MSc in Performing Arts Medicine

MSc in Performing Arts Medicine

This is a unique collaboration between University College London, The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, The Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The programme will introduce the key areas relating to musculoskeletal and neuromuscular injury, performance psychology, prescribed and self medicated pharmacology, hyper-mobility, dystonias, disability and special senses of the performing artist. There will also be considerable emphasis on the multi faceted aspects of pathology experienced by performers, thorough assessment clinics and in depth rehabilitation programming. As well as input from industry experts and those working at the cutting edge of performing arts research.

This course will equip clinicians with specialised knowledge and provide a baseline qualification which may eventually become a minimum requirement for health professionals working in this field.

Part of the Performing Arts Medicine MSc is based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH).

Mode of study

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

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

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.

The deadline for applications is 22 August 2015.

Who can apply?

We welcome students from clinical and performance science backgrounds to come and access UCL's expertise. Postgraduate students are accepted from diverse backgrounds including medicine, manual therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing and performance science. If your specialism is not listed we will review each applicant on an individual basis.

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.


Graduates of this programme will have a real appreciation of the vast diversity of the subject and a robust understanding of the field of Performing Arts Medicine and will have acquired the necessary transferable skills that will allow them to work as a health professional in this area. The programme will also provide a stimulus to further research activity in this new and exciting field.

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 Methods and Project Initiation
  • Environmental Issues, Travelling and Touring, Governance and the Law
  • Drugs and Disability within the Performing Arts World
  • Performance Psychology
  • Assessment and Wellness of the Performing Artists
  • Rehabilitation of Performance Related Injury
  • Medical Problems of Dancers and Instrumentalists


  • There are no optional modules for this degree.


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 programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, workshops, demonstrations and group discussions. Assessment is through written examinations, a group project, coursework, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and the research project, individual viva and presentation.

Programme Directors


  • 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

  • 22 August 2015

Teaching Administrator

  • Sital Thanki

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