A programme for dance professionals with industry experience who want to understand practice as a form of research.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
An MA by research for choreographers, dancers and performance artists with a minimum of 3 years professional experience and those interested in pursuing a practice-based PhD.
Sustained professional artistic work supervised by artist-scholars who are working to challenge and support your choreographic and performance practices.
An impressive national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
Course and Module Details
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.
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 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 be supported in the development and presentation of a comprehensive choreographic and/or performance portfolio, which allows you to practice, think, reflect, articulate and present your ideas and independent research.
You will also gain a range of reflective and critical skills including writing and documentation strategies, advanced dramaturgy, and the capacity to understand your work and interests in broader political, cultural and artistic frameworks.
The School is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression as theatre performance and beyond. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international guests, the Centre supports a compelling research culture.
We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.
Course subject to curriculum review
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in all day Monday (compulsory module) & either Tuesday, Wedndesday or Friday (optional module).
Contact us for further information.
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.
How to apply
You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs below
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.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
Validation and curriculum review
What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.
The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.
The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
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