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Surgery and Interventional Science

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.

Key Information

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

Programme start date

September 2016

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

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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Degree Information

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 (eight core modules, 120 credits) and a Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules, 60 credits) are also offered.

Core Modules
  • Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation of the Performing Artists
  • Clinical Management of the Professional Voice*
  • Drugs and Disability within the Performing Arts World
  • Environmental Issues, Travelling and Touring, Governance and the Law*
  • Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Performance Related Injury
  • Performance Psychology*
  • Research Methodology
  • Science of Dance and Music Performance
  • (*PG Cert core module)
  • (*PG Cert core module)
  • There are no optional modules for this degree.

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 and tutorials, workshops, attendance of performing arts clinics and fieldwork alongside performers. Details about the lecturers, tutors and experienced professionals in this field can be found here.

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Performing Arts Medicine MSc


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 PhD, will receive appropriate guidance.


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.

Who can apply?

We welcome students from diverse clinical 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. If a professional background is not mentioned, we will review the application on an individual basis.

Application deadlines
All applicants
2 September 2016

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.

Programme Directors


  • MSc
  • PG Diploma
  • PG Certificate

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition fees

For fees, please click here.

Applications for 2016/17

  • Closing date: Friday 2 September 2016

Teaching Administrator


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