Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Choreography and Performance: Masters by Research

Roehampton Masters Scholarships
  • Choreography and Performance

Why study at Roehampton

  • Sustained professional artistic work supervised by artist-scholars who are working to challenge and support your choreographic and performance practices.
  • There is a flexible timetable that helps experienced artists choose the pathway that best fits their interests, experience and situation.
  • We offer a wide range of modules that foster diverse artistic practices.
  • No. 1 university in the UK for dance research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Develop studio-based research skills to deepen your choreographic or performance practice

Practice as research is a growing area for experienced dance artists, choreographers and performers who want to deepen their practice and strengthen their profile. Run by leading artist-scholars, the course supports enquiry through studio practice and research informed by contemporary theoretical concerns. You will also retain the flexibility to continue your professional practice.

More details

This course forms part of Roehampton Dance’s unique cluster of a range of Masters courses in practical and theoretical areas.

Shape a flexible pathway

On top of core modules, you tailor your course by choosing two flexible modules (practical, theoretical or both) from a wide selection – from ‘Dance Philosophy’ to ‘Visual Arts and Performance’.

These options draw on the multidisciplinary expertise of our teaching staff and open new perspectives in dance that will enrich your understanding and experience. Some modules blend practice with theory, and they are also a chance to mix with students with a world of academic and creative interests – from South Asian dance practitioners to ballet scholars.

Key areas of study

This supportive and challenging course is designed to develop the work of experienced choreographers and performers through studio-based research. Key areas of study are:

  • Practice as research
  • Choreographic and performance-making strategies
  • Dramaturgy
  • Communication and documentation
  • Reflective practices
  • Independent choreographic research and risk-taking
  • Choreographic contexts and meaning making

You will combine one core module – Dance Practice as Research – and an individually tutored dissertation (Portfolio) with two flexible modules from a wide range open to all Roehampton Dance postgraduates.

Example modules

  • Dance Practice as Research
  • Portfolio
  • Dance, Philosophy, History

Career options

This course offers professional development for independent artists and choreographers. Some graduates follow careers in research, teaching and or go onto further academic study such as a practice-led PhD.




Number of credits


Postgraduate entry requirements »


Dance »


1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time).

Tuition fees

Band 2 »

Programme outline

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Related courses

MFA Choreography »

MA PGDip PGCert Dance Studies »

Further information

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