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Course summary

This MA Dance Research degree allows you to develop your own research interests and design a programme of dance research to address specific areas of interest with support from tutors. This course is perfect for you want to develop your research skills as a dance or arts professional, teacher, recent graduate or a dance artist. You will learn from guest lecturers including scholars, practitioners and curators working in innovative areas of dance research. Focusing on theoretical approaches this MA Dance Research degree aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and experience of dance research. The programme will introduce you to methodological, analytical and critical skills and you will learn to situate your interests in the context of contemporary dance discourse, devise and implement coherent research projects, and articulate your research in relation to current practices. You will develop the conceptual understanding to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship, and to evaluate and critique methodologies. You will also be able to to propose new hypotheses and new approaches to thinking about dance, where appropriate, and situate your work within the UK and European ‘dance ecology’. The MA Dance Research provides opportunities for you to:

  • Deepen your understanding of your approaches to research and scholarship and, where applicable, practice.
  • Develop reflective thinking and critical writing skills.
  • Deepen your ability to articulate your research in written and spoken form.
  • Develop your critical and analytical thinking.
  • Develop strategies for working independently.
  • Develop self–directed research skills and articulate research in written and presentational formats.
  • Continue your professional development.
  • Work with nationally and internationally established dance scholars and practitioners.
  • Develop skills in preparation for MPhil or PhD study.


Philosophy and Aesthetics In this module you will explore how knowledge about dance is rooted in philosophical and aesthetic ideologies, from both historicised and contemporary perspectives. You will look through a wide lens at dance and its evolving beliefs with a focus on dance as art, and contemporary dance in particular. You will explore questions about art and aesthetics, and problems associated with critical appreciation. This module will challenge you to consider the nature of dance, and what conditions are necessary to enable movement to be thought of as dance. It will question issues about art and aesthetics, and reflect on how dance can be seen as different from other art forms. It will reflect on what draws people to dance, and how thinking about it is shaped. It will explore the concept of choreography, and changing perceptions. It will examine attitudes to beauty in a postmodern world. Dance Dissertation (Level 7) Independent Dance Research Project (Level 7) Artist as Producer Dance Writing and Criticism Body in Site Developing Dance Practice New Media and Performance Practices Pedagogical Approaches in Dance Scientific Principles of Dance Practice

Assessment method

You will study through theoretical and practical workshops, lecturers, seminars and rehearsals. You will be assessed through a range of assignments depending on which study options you choose. All modules are assessed through programme work in the form of practical choreography presentations, essays, reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.

Entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15460 Year 1
England £8694 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8694 Year 1
Scotland £8694 Year 1
Wales £8694 Year 1
Channel Islands £8694 Year 1
International £15460 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Dance Research at University of Chichester - UCAS