MFA Dance Science at Trinity Laban - UCAS

Trinity Laban

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

MFA Dance Science (Taught)

Course summary

The MFA Dance Science is a 2-year research-focused postgraduate programme, which broadens the possibilities within dance science research and study. The first year shares module content with students on the MSc Dance Science programme. An extended independent project forms the second year, as the defining feature of the MFA Dance Science The programme explores aspects of dance practice and performance through a range of scientific disciplines and in a variety of dance contexts. You will investigate ways of enhancing dance practice, optimising dancer performance, reducing injury occurrence, and examining the impact of dance on other populations. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with qualitative and quantitative modes of research and practice, integrating interdisciplinary elements of dance science such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and embodied practices (e.g. somatics). Scientific research methods and modes of statistical analyses are central to the taught programme in the first year. Key Features

  • Trinity Laban offers the world’s first and only MFA Dance Science programme, with the purpose to deepen current dialogues in dance science research and practice. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with scientific and creative modes of research and practice, providing an empirical understanding of the dancer, dance practice, and performance. This MFA programme builds upon multidisciplinary perspectives in dance science, such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition, and develops high-level research skills to directly address the complexities of researching dance.
  • During the first year of study, students will engage with key disciplines to acquire scientific understanding of dance science through taught modules and self-directed study. The second year offers students the opportunity to apply and expand their postgraduate dance science knowledge through an extended research project, which encourages both breadth and depth of critical engagement and application.
  • We encourage our students to develop creative and innovative research projects that extend the frontiers of knowledge in dance science. As a student at Trinity Laban, you will be interacting with a diverse community of performing arts students and faculty. Our thriving and supportive community offers exciting learning experiences, through cross-disciplinary engagement and collaborative study in the performing arts, which directly feed into the development of highly relevant and applicable MFA dance science research projects.
  • The blended-learning programme offers students a flexible and autonomous learning environment, with opportunities to engage in dance science research and practical placements (from community-based to professional settings) through the TL team and network. Our specialist facilities include a versatile testing laboratory with dedicated support staff, a specialist dance library, and a comprehensive range of learning
and student support.
  • Our team is internationally known in the field and work with professional companies and organisations around the world. Trinity Laban is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and a supporter of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Dance

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2023 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2024 courses.

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from across the world and accept a wide range of international qualifications. For more information please see

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification). Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. Decisions are made by the RPL Panel with delegated authority from the Assessment Board. An External Examiner may decide toscrutinise the evidence supporting a claim as part of the Assessment Board process.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
OnlineNo fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
OnlineNo fee charged

Additional information

Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s written application, and additional portfolio/video/other evidence which should be provided by setting up an account on Embark following the initial UCAS Conservatoires application. You may be also be asked to attend an interview as part of your application. Additional requirements for MFA In addition to the brief commentary submitted in UCAS Conservatoires application, applicants should submit a proposal, outlining: *the reasons you wish to carry out an independent project over a full academic year; *your suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Dance Science; *the nature of your intended research and a clear research question you would like to investigate; *a draft project timeline with potential research outputs (which is understandably subject to change). Applicants to the MFA will also be required to undertake an interview (if not in person, phone/Skype interview can be arranged).

Fees and funding

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MFA Dance Science at Trinity Laban - UCAS