Master's Programmes

Be a part of the world's most vibrant and largest dance department rated number one for dance research in the UK (REF 2014).* 

A frontrunner in international dance research, Roehampton Dance provides an innovative international conceptualisation of Dance Studies with our new portfolio of postgraduate degrees. Our programmes celebrate diversity and speak to the imperatives of a changing dance ecology in the 21st century.

A new MFA – Dance and Embodied Practice – is the first of its kind in the UK. It joins the Department's existing programmes: MA Dance Anthropology, MFA Choreography, MRes Choreography and Performance, MA Dance Politics and Sociology, MA Dance Philosophy and History, and Choreomundus: International Masters in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage. Together, they highlight all the intellectual and artistic concerns that sit at the heart of Roehampton Dance.

Building on the legacies of successful past postgraduate courses in Ballet Studies, Community Dance and South Asian Dance, the new portfolio reimagines pathways into new, transnational and transdisciplinary study, articulating a dance discourse that engages fluidly with the multiplicity of dance across the globe. We are keen for students to join us in explorations of dance research, practice and pedagogy as we all meet the demands of thinking about and making dance in the 21st century.

Why study Postgraduate Dance at Roehampton?

  • Become a member of a collaborative, vibrant, diverse research community with strong industry links.
  • Develop provocative, cutting-edge ways of thinking about and practising dance.
  • Join internationally unique programmes taught by world-leading dance scholars through lectures, discussions, workshops, studio sessions and supervised independent practice.
  • Our MAs and MFA provide the ideal preparation for independent research and PhD study.
  • Experience the best of both worlds: London’s vibrant dance scene is within easy reach of our breathtakingly beautiful campus.

Our six programmes

These three programmes can be taken as an MA (180 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), or Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). Full-time study lasts 12 months.

  • Dance Anthropology – Taught by world-leading anthropologists, this programme investigates the place of dance in society from the perspectives of those participating in it, as dancers, dance-makers, teachers and audience.
  • Dance Politics and Sociology –Led by experts in the field, this programme provides a rich range of theoretical frameworks and research methods to develop your understanding of the relationships between political and social issues that impact upon (or are influenced by) dance practices.
  • Dance Philosophy and History–The only postgraduate course in the UK to investigate the interconnections between philosophy, history and dance, this programme offers an in-depth, critical exploration of concepts, assumptions and theories underlying dance practice and discourse.

These three programmes can be taken as a Masters only:

  • Choreography, Master of Fine Arts (240 credits) – This two-year programme supports emerging and experienced choreographers to develop their artistic practice and choreographic identity in a creative and supportive environment.
  • Choreography and Performance, Master by Research (180 credits) – Led by leading artist-scholars, this year-long programme supports artists to reflect on their practice, blending studio practice with research and contemporary theoretical concerns.
  • Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (120 credits) – A unique learning experience offered by a consortium of four internationally-renowned European universities (located in Norway, France, Hungary, and the UK), this four-semester programme investigates dance and other movement systems as intangible cultural heritage.
  • Dance and Embodied Practice, Master of Fine Arts (240 credits) – This programme investigates the application of dance practice and knowledge in a wide and ambitious range of artistic, educational and community contexts, and, less conventionally, in galleries, museums and outdoor sites.

Scholarship opportunities

To find out more about scholarship opportunities please visit the Scholarship section. For US Students, please visit the Fulbright-Roehampton University Award in Dance.

Find out more

The teaching community at the University are happy to help you with your application process and discuss any questions you have about the programmes. Contact the programme leader of the course you are interested in or the MA/MFA/MRes Convenor, Dr Helena Hammond or +44 20 8392 3035.

* 94% of the department’s research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – the top two categories in 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Do you still have MA Ballet Studies, MA Dance Studies, MA Community Dance, and MA Global Dance?

Yes, we still offer these specialist fields within the new reconceptualisation of the MA programme. Our new MA framework celebrates this diversity. But now your degree will be framed within the approach to study that suits you, allowing you to make your own convergence and cross-fertilisation of methods of study.

I want a more general study of dance, is this possible?

Yes, absolutely. Although we ask you to name your pathway, there will be plenty of broadly framed modules, such as the core Ways of Knowing course. During your programme, you will chose from a variety of optional courses that cover a great range of topics and exploration.

How much studio time will I have?

We believe in the integration of studio practice and written work in all our programmes. Please email your particular study aims to the staff member leading the programme that looks right for you.

Do I need extensive dance experience?

We are an inclusive department, and welcome the stimulation of a wide variety of backgrounds.

Do you offer a distance-learning MA?

Since we believe that doing dance is key to understanding, we ask for students’ physical presence in the programme. There is some flexibility, however, to include part of your study through fieldwork or from a distance. Please discuss with the Programme Leader of your selected degree.