Choreography and Performance (MRes)

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Go higher with a degree built around you. This is a programme for dance professionals with industry experience who want to understand practice as a form of research.

Choreography and Performance (MRes)

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

Number of Credits

180 credits

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type




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Get the skills needed for an exciting career in dance.

This programme is designed for experienced professional choreographers, dancers, performance makers and interdisciplinary artists who wish to deepen their choreographic or performance practice through studio-based enquiry and research.

You will also gain a range of reflective and critical skills including:

  • writing and documentation strategies
  • advanced dramaturgy
  • the capacity to understand your work and interests in broader political, cultural and artistic frameworks

You'll be part of a school that's home to the internationally recognised Centre for Research in Arts and Creative Exchange, which aims to interrogate what arts research is and can be in the current climate, and to lead, invent and innovate on how research is conducted. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international guests, the Centre you'll be part of supports a compelling research culture.

We are ranked number one in the UK for the impact of our research in dance (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Our BA Dance course is number one for learning resources in London (National Student Survey 2020).

How you'll learn

Choose a course that fits how you like to work.

This programme has a flexible and supportive approach which makes it possible for you to strengthen your professional practices while working towards a higher degree.

  • "Practice as research" is a growing focus for experienced dance artists, choreographers, and performers. Led by top artist-scholars, the course encourages inquiry through studio practice and research influenced by contemporary theory.

  • Receive support in developing and presenting a comprehensive choreographic and/or performance portfolio, facilitating practice, reflection, articulation, and independent research.

  • Benefit from strong connections with dance companies and creative organisations.

  • Our campus, close to London's dynamic dance scene, features excellent studios, a new library, and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.

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Career options

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

You could go on to become a:

  • Company Director
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Arts Administrator
  • Critic
  • Dance Consultant
  • Dance Therapist
  • Arts and Culture Manager
  • Event Producer
  • Festival Organiser
  • Curator
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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,713 £17,325


Specific entry requirements

Evidence of essay-writing ability may be required.

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Our Research

Research conducted in the School of Arts covers a wide range of diverse and innovative arts practices, from dance and drama to journalism, film, media, linguistics and computing. Our School of Arts is divided into three subject areas: Dance; Drama, Theatre and Performance; and Communication, Culture and Media. Click here to view our research page.

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