The MSc in Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) based at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) is a unique course that runs in collaboration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. It is part of the UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science.
The aim of the course is to train doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and allied health and biomedical sciences professionals in the clinically challenging and interdisciplinary management of injury and performance-related problems in performing artists. It is an academic, knowledge-based course to form a basis for students to develop their performing arts medicine practice.
The course is offered as a Masters degree (120 credits and research), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) on a full time (one year) or part time (two years basis. Distance learning is being developed to make this accessible to a global audience.
Students benefit from access to clinics run by expert PAM practitioners in central London at BAPAM and by physiotherapists or sports medicine specialists at UCLH/ISEH. Exposure to the resources of the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Voice Hospital greatly benefits the student experience and the strong ties with the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health allow further research and in depth study elements of Performing Arts Medicine.
Preventative approaches and rehabilitation without the loss of the performer's career are essential aspects of the curriculum. The ergonomics of instruments, performance anxiety and optimal performing techniques, as well as psychological issues often prevalent in performing artists with career threatening problems are all explored through tutorials, practical workshops and field trips.
This programme provides a sound scientific foundation and for those more academically motivated we encourage progression to PhD degrees. Performing Arts Medicine graduates can work in specialised clinics, in Music and Dance colleges and alongside orchestras and dance or theatre companies. There is a clear shared interest with Sports and Exercise Medicine and common graduate career pathways can often be formed and developed.
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