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MScDance Science

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There are a range of career opportunities available to graduates of
this Masters degree. These include dance scientist practitioner,
academia and research, teaching, consultancy and portfolio careers in

During the course you will:

  • Develop your focus to look at the role of dance in public health,
    elite participation or a combination of both
  • Benefit from high quality teaching which is delivered in short
    blocks of time throughout the year so that you may continue with your
  • Enjoy a vibrant and strong research culture in the Division of
    Performing Arts and English

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Research methods: quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Collaborative practice
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Exercise testing and diagnosis
  • Psychological approaches to public health
  • Somatic practices


Career opportunities


The core philosophy of the course is to equip you with the skills of
a scientist practitioner, whereby you can draw on research and
practical skills to work in dance participation, training and / or
performance settings across recreational and elite sectors. Throughout
the course you will be actively participating in relevant practical
sessions designed to increase skills. The course has a real world
focus and thus you will be encouraged to apply these skills in your
existing work portfolio, or to seek volunteering opportunities. The
course team are research – active in a wide range of applied dance and
exercise contexts across elite, vocational and recreational settings
and it is anticipated that you will be able to take advantage of these
opportunities as research assistants. Some of this work may also form
case study content for core units as and when appropriate. Shadowing
of more experienced practitioners will be encouraged to enhance
learning opportunities and employability. You will be given
opportunities to develop the necessary practical and theoretical
skills to achieve relevant vocational awards such as Trinity Safe and
Effective Dance Practice qualification and accreditation / awards with
bodies such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise
Scientists (BASES) and other relevant bodies.

Dance is a complex and interdisciplinary sector, requiring the dance
scientist to understand and respect the artistry and science of dance.
The programme is based on the view that those who work in the sector,
and specifically dance science, need to be skilled at understanding
and relating to a broad mix of aesthetic demands, biomechanical and
physiological capability and psychological resilience across
specialist and non specialist communities. The programme thereby seeks
to provide opportunities for you to shape your career in specialist
areas, as well as have a thorough understanding of the holistic
context of dance science across scientific disciplines. Careers in
dance science are unlikely to ever be singular and inward looking and
as such this programme aims to prepare you for the necessity of
portfolio working across a wide range of contexts.


The MSc Dance Science programme prepares you for the following career


  • Dance Scientist Practitioner: working in large and small-scale
    dance companies, conservatoires and vocational training contexts, pre
    - vocational training environments such as the Centres for Advanced
    Training, private dance schools
  • Academia and Research: leading learning units pertaining to the
    study of dance science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology
    and associated subjects in tertiary education in national and
    international contexts, creating research initiatives responding to
    current political, social, artistic and scientific contexts,
    performing literature searches, developing coherent and rigorous
    research hypotheses and methodologies, determining qualitative and
    quantitative results and presenting findings in light of its
    application to dance practice, delivering conference papers in
    national and international contexts, presentations and lectures,
    publications in industry and peer – reviewed academic journals
  • Teacher / Choreographer / Dance Artist: developing and augmenting
    existing practice in these fields through a more considered and
    reasoned knowledge of the dancing body and mind, practice – based
    application to safe and effective dance practice, awareness of current
    research and its impact on practice

Further study:

  • MPhil / PhD: Dance science or related subject research focussed
  • Diversification of training: Physiotherapy, Dance Movement
    Psychotherapy, Counselling,

Mental Skills Training, Coaching, Personal Training

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States