• MA Dance Anthropology Final

Why study at Roehampton

  • Collaborate and study with world-leading researchers in the field of anthropology of dance.
  • 94% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • You will learn to situate dance practices within worldwide economies and post-colonial contexts. 

Attain the knowledge and tools to open a window into dance in any period and in any part of the world.

Explore the place of dance in society from the perspectives of those involved as dancers, dance makers, teachers and/or audience members. By studying these perspectives, you will learn how different people around the world understand dance and how dance influences their value-systems.

One of six Masters programmes, MA Dance Anthropology investigates dance from a non-Eurocentric perspective, placing the practices and values of the dancers into socio-cultural and comparative understanding.

It will interest you if you wish to study non-Western, folk, social, or ritual dance practices, but the approach can be applied to ballet or Western theatre dance, too. This course provides a way to contextualise dance practice and deepen your understanding of dance as a unique species specific practice that shapes our humanity.

We encourage you to contact the programme leader – Andrée Grau – to discuss our MA Dance Anthropology programme. She will be able to respond to your questions and start an informal conversation to help you consider and prepare your application.

More details

What our students say

Kathryn McLane MA Dance Anthropology
"This degree allowed me to combine my academic and artistic passions and to work closely with leaders in the field of Dance Anthropology in the culturally rich city of London."

Kathryn McLane
Dance Anthropology

Example modules

  • Ways of Knowing: a module shared with students of all dance postgraduate taught programmes, introducing you to epistemologies and research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis, and practice-as-research.
  • Anthropology of Dance: a module introducing the multifaceted history of the anthropology of dance and making you experience what ethnographic fieldwork is all about.
  • Dissertation: an individually tutored module that allows you to delve deeply into a research project that reflects your interests and experience in dance.

Career options

Graduates’ career options are broadened to include roles such as a community dance practitioner, producer and curator of arts projects, teacher, or to continue into further study as an MPhil or PhD student.




Number of credits

MA: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60

Specific entry requirements »

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Dance »


1 year (full-time); 2-3 years (part-time).

Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£400 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Programme outline

View the full details »

Further information

Andrée Grau »
a.grau@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3372

Contact our enquiries team »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Facebook icon    Twitter icon    Instagram icon    Google+ icon    LinkedIn icon © Roehampton University
By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies.     Allow cookies