Taught course

Performing Arts Medicine

UCL - University College London · Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

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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.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

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

Months of entry


Course content

Performing Arts Medicine at UCL offers a unique programme as an MSc, PGDip (Blended Online and Campus Delivery) or PGCert (Distance Learning). 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.

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 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 and supervised by lecturers working in this and affiliated fields. Research is supported by the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine,  orchestras, theatre companies, and music and dance colleges.

‘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

Graduate students present in international conferences and publish in journals becoming members of the global Performing Arts Medicine community. 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 or performing arts college/company in-house health services.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The delivery of the programme is through online lectures, tutorials and discussion forums. Our Virtual Learning Environment provides a wealth of E-Resources and guides the student to our taught and self-learning activities. Clinical examination practical sessions and observed clinics are scheduled during our two residential weeks in Term 3 (April/May) of the final year of MSc/PGDip.

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

Our tutors are experts in specific areas of Performing Arts Medicine and the students have the opportunity to meet a number of specialists who will cover a variety of topics on the extensive curriculum.

Course contact details

+44 (0)207 679 5060