Dance and Embodied Practice

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

It all starts here. Develop your dance practice, teaching and leadership skills over two years with vibrant and supportive teachers.

Dance and Embodied Practice

2 years (full-time)

Number of Credits

240 credits

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type




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Skills that will take your career further.

As a dancer with an interest in expanding your skills, this practice-based programme will help you to:

  • investigate the potential of your studio practice and training
  • apply your dance practice as a creative and improvisational tool
  • influence culture and society.


The School is home to the internationally recognised Centre for Research in Arts and Creative Exchange where, together with inquiry into dance as cultural and artistic expression, students are encouraged to investigate a broad range of dance and somatic practices as they are deployed in performative and choreographic situations and experienced though the lived body. These artistic activities are positioned as both critical, scholarly enquiry and creative, imaginative assembly, both of which are essential tools for the development of original and independent approaches to teaching and facilitating dance.

We are within easy reach of London's lively dance culture and our campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students. We have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations which enable us to provide stimulating workplace-learning opportunities.

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


How you'll learn

A course designed around you.

The programme includes:

  • technique classes,
  • choreography workshops,
  • collaborative working,
  • writing and reflection.

You will be encouraged to develop and test new ideas and skills in dance ‘laboratory’ situations in order to research and practise notions of dance facilitation, dance teaching, dance leadership, dance intervention and dance-making in a variety of contexts.

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This unique practice-based programme promotes understanding of the notions of wellbeing and safe, healthy dance practice, and relates directly to social, political and cultural issues around embodiment, community and the environment.

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. You will be supported by the mentorship and teaching of experienced staff in our modern studios and have the opportunity to gain experience with in-house and visiting artists and tutors alongside a diverse community of peers.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake an independent project which uses original practice-research and is underpinned by tutorials, peer review, work experience and open rehearsals. Students will also have access to the full range of optional modules which are offered to all our postgraduate students.

Career options

An exciting career awaits.

The programme is specifically designed to appeal to students seeking a portfolio career which involves performing, teaching, choreographing, community dance practice and curational practice.

You could work in roles such as:

  • Embodied Movement Specialist
  • Dance/Movement Therapist
  • Dance Researcher
  • Dance and Wellness Consultant
  • Choreographic Researcher
  • Dance and Technology Collaborator

Students who have a desire to apply their knowledge of Dance to improving communication, manifesting social change and advocating for the broad range of benefits of participating in Dance will be able to develop their ideas and projects as part of this programme.

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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

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

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

Specific Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to provide a link to a short video (10 minutes maximum) of them dancing. This can be in a studio or theatre setting as long as the applicant is clearly identified in the video. The work should be accompanied by a short (250words) written statement which reveals the applicant’s interest in developing their dance practice, teaching or leadership. 

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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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