Develop your dance practice, teaching and leadership skills over two years with vibrant and supportive teachers.
2 years (full-time)
Number of credits:
Specific entry requirements
Applicants are required to provide a link to a short film (10 minutes maximum) of them dancing. This can be in a studio or theatre setting as long as the applicant is clearly identi fied in the film. The work should be accompanied by a short written statement which reveals the applicant’s interest in developing their dance practice, teaching or leadership.
Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Study with artists and teachers with a wealth of experience in dance and embodied practice.
Extend your practice in placements with dance companies and creative organisations.
Participate in our thriving international postgraduate dance community while being in easy reach of London's cultural attractions.
Course and Module Details
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 in order to apply your dance practice as a creative and improvisational tool and as a practice-research which has the potential to influence culture and society.
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. 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.
The School is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research 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.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
The programme is specifically designed to appeal to students seeking a portfolio career which involves performing, teaching, choreographing, community dance practice and curational practice. 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.
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.
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At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.