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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

BSc– 3 years / MSci – 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 120

A Levels:  BSc (Hons) - BBB - CCC               

                 MSci - BBB

BTEC: BSc (Hons) - DDM - DMM

            MSci - DDD

Applicants will be asked to attend an application event where they will participate in a dance class, an informal interview (normally in pairs), and submit a short written task. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Student view

BSc (Hons) Dance Science (Applied Performance Pathway)

"We’re really lucky at Chichester to have the facilities that we do, the dance studios are amazing and the labs too. The staff are incredible at making sure you’re comfortable and happy with what you’re doing and always there for support. The course has a great combination of practice and theory. It’s interesting how we learn something in a physiology lesson and then are able to apply it to technique or performance classes. This transfer of knowledge helps us understand the information from multiple perspectives."

MSci Dance Science (Health and Wellbeing Pathway)

"I chose Chichester because of the high quality, professional dance training and scientific theory from a team of friendly and supportive teachers. I felt that the Dance Science course would prepare me for an exciting career in an ever-growing discipline, with many different future career options”

BSc (Hons) Dance Science (Applied Performance Pathway), accepted on to MSc Sports Nutrition

“The lecturers at the University of Chichester are incredibly inspiring and supportive of our education; we are always listened to and no question is too small… I am very glad that I discovered Dance Science and am excited for my future and the development of my new-found passion.”

Course content

Our Dance Science degree can be studied as a three years Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons) Dance Science) or as a four year integrated Masters of Science (MSci Dance Science)*. This exciting programme will develop your skills and passion for dance, along with your knowledge and understanding of human performance sciences.

Through a combination of core and elective modules, you will study the disciplines of Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics and Somatic Practices, underpinned by scientific research methodologies. Daily studio practice offers you a physical dance experience whilst theoretical underpinnings are explored via group lectures and workshops. Applied research skills are honed via hands-on laboratory sessions.

Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to perform, to participate in and conduct research, to undertake work placements, and to pursue modules which are aligned with professional qualifications. There are also options to connect your research with the resident student dance companies, 3Fall (undergraduate) and mapdance (postgraduate).

As you progress through your three-year BSc or four-year MSci you will be able to choose a specific pathway of study, enabling you to focus your studies in the area of Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing. The Applied Performance pathway offers a focus of knowledge and application to dance training and performance contexts, whereas the Health and Wellbeing pathway offers a focus of knowledge and application on the potential benefits of dance for a wide range of diverse populations. Students on the MSci extend their specialism at Master's level embarking upon a significant research dissertation and pursuing modules that focus on professional and applied techniques within dance science.

Successful completion of the programme will result in the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the ever increasing demand for well-qualified Dance Scientists across a range of professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based dance and exercise settings.


  • Our Dance Science Programme can be studied as a three-year BSc (Hons) or a four-year integrated Master's* (MSci). 
  • Daily studio practice, including technique classes (contemporary and ballet) and supplementary training practices (including dance fitness, somatic techniques, contact improvisation);
  • Choice of Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing pathways, allowing you to focus your studies on a chosen area of application;
  • Module options that link to the profession through placements and pursuit of professional industry training and certifications in dance, exercise and fitness, and dance movement psychotherapy;
  • Access to specialist facilities and staff expertise across Dance and the Institute of Sport; our specialist dance science tutors are internationally renowned for their teaching and research
  • Options to link your research interests with one of our student dance companies 3Fall (undergraduate) and mapdance (postgraduate)
  • The potential to seek employment across a range of professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based dance and exercise settings
  • The opportunity to progress onto a variety of related postgraduate programmes in the areas of Education, Dance, Dance Science, Sports and Exercise Science, Somatics offering a continuity of study and development of chosen specialism at a higher level.
  • Regular performances from visiting dance and theatre companies in the University’s Showroom
  • Links with local, national and international organisations including The Point Eastleigh, One Dance UK, the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)
  • Links with professional and pre-professional dance companies including: Lîla Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, Ceyda Tanc Dance Company, Tribe Company, AKA Dance Theatre Company and Mapdance.

*Should you choose the four-year MSci Programme you will be eligible for a tuition fee loan for the entire course.

Read our Dance department brochure.


Our facilities

Our Programme is delivered in purpose-built dance studios and fully equipped scientific laboratories. Our students can access equipment and support from our dance technical team, and our sports and exercise science laboratory technicians, along with a range of AV recording and editing equipment accessible from the Learning Resource Centre. 

Dance Facilities

Dance Studio 1Studio Theatre 1

  • Four purpose built dance studios
  • A fully-equipped 250-seat theatre
  • A 110-seat studio theatre
  • A newly refurbished large gymnasium space
  • Two workshop spaces in the new Academic Building  

Sports and Exercise Science Facilities

  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • A range of grass and astro turf pitches
  • Outdoor and indoor netball and tennis courts
  • 110m synthetic athletics track

Our Library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your knowledge and research. In the upper two floors there are a number of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Learning Resource Centre Facilities (Bishop Otter Campus)

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media and equipment loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. There is ever increasing demand for well-qualified Dance Scientists and the range of specialist and transferrable skills that you will gain from your time at Chichester will appeal to a number of employment settings such as professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based settings. Dance Science graduates could pursue a variety of options including:

Further study at postgraduate level

Chichester offers a range of postgraduate programmes across the field of dance and sport disciplines. Our research interests’ stem from extensive applied experience and a desire to deliver meaningful research findings that relate to the ‘real world’ of dance, dance science or sports and exercise.

Within the profession

  • Dance teacher or lecturer in community or educational settings;
  • Gym instructor;
  • Fitness consultant;
  • Dance science advisor or support personnel in educational or professional settings;
  • Dance science informed dancer / choreographer;
  • Advocate for dance-science informed dance practice;
  • Employee within professional bodies representing dance science and healthy dance practice
  • Health promotion

Work placements

Module options allow for the potential to complete a placement, which could enhance your employability and will build your network within the profession. Students report that work placement offer many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced CV
  • A chance to put theory into practice in the real world context.
  • The opportunity to grow and develop both personally and professionally

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the relevant module tutor and programme leader assists students via their existing network of contacts. The departments of Dance and Sports and Exercise Science have strong links with a variety of organisations and dance companies. These include:

  • Safe in Dance International (SiDI)
  • One Dance UK
  • National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
  • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)
  • British Association of Sports and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Hofesh Schechter
  • Akram Khan
  • Motionhouse
  • DanceUK
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • Balletboyz
  • South East Dance
  • The Point
  • York Dance Project

In addition, students can undertake work placements in community settings such as sports centres, individual clubs and organisations, mainstream schools, afterschool clubs and special educational needs organisations

Course accreditations

Indicative modules


The first year of study is made up of compulsory core modules. These modules introduce fundamental concepts and skills. Sample content at this level includes:

Year One (all core)

Applications of Psychology in Dance

This theory-based module examines the application of psychology to dance. Perspectives from sport and dance psychology will be used to consider how behaviour can be shaped. The sessions explore topics such as anxiety, confidence, perfectionism, motivation, personality and skill acquisition (e.g. approaches to practice, development of talent and developing expertise) in relation to dance participation.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology & Introduction to Applied Exercise Physiology

These two modules are interrelated covering the fundamental principles of Human Physiology and developing an understanding of the application of scientific principles and techniques to evaluate human performance. Key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system and the respiratory system are explored through theory and practical laboratory-based sessions, with specific attention paid to energy metabolism. Different modes of data collection and analysis are considered in relation to appropriate environments (i.e. laboratory versus ‘field’) as applicable across a range of physical activities, including dance. 

Muscles and Movement in Dance

This module introduces fundamental concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to general human movement, and as specific to dance movement. Concepts are explored practically and theoretically, using our own bodies and specialised equipment. 

Movement Studies: Analysis and Awareness

This module is studio-based, comprising of weekly practical sessions which provide a practical framework for movement analysis, description and discovery. The sessions physically explore principles of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), such as Body, Shape, Space and Effort, and Feldenkrais. Guided improvisatory tasks, supported by documented reflections, encourage individual movement investigation.

Understanding Science and Dance Practice

This theory-based module explores the role and application of research within a dance context. It introduces a range of existing approaches to research in dance and dance science, developing fundamental skills which will allow you to understand and begin to critically engage with published research. This module is the foundation for your future research methods modules, including your dissertation module(s), where you will be conducting research studies of your own.

Dance Techniques

Daily classes enable you to engage in a range of contemporary and supplementary training practices; such as release-based, Cunningham-based, ballet (barre and centre work), improvisation, fitness and conditioning. All classes are designed to develop fundamental technical skills and conditioning needs required for contemporary dance training and practice. ​


Year Two (Core modules)

Safe Dance Practice (aligned with Safe in Dance International Healthier Dancer Certificate)

This module covers the five knowledge areas and their associated ten core principles of healthy dance practice, as identified by Safe in Dance International (SiDI) and considers the application of dance science principles to the practice of dance with different bodies across a range of settings. Integrated aspects of injury reduction and management, anatomy and biomechanics, psychology, fitness and conditioning, and basic nutrition will be considered in practice in relation to the progression, sequencing and structuring of dance activities. You will gain the required knowledge to be able to pursue a Safe in Dance International (SiDI) certification which credits safe dance practice knowledge and application and supports future employability as a healthy and safe dance teacher / dance practitioner. 

Developing and Monitoring Fitness for Performance and Health (includes Level 2 Gym Instructor)

This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design evidence-based interventions for improving both health- and skills-related physical fitness; such as conducting health screenings and needs analysis, establishing exercise/training goals, and designing interventions to improve physical performance. Within this module you will also have the opportunity to obtain REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 2 Gym-Instructors Award (PD:Approval Higher Education Endorsement).

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module develops an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sports, dance, and physical activity, while building on anatomical and biomechanical knowledge gained in first year. Common injuries, first aid procedures, injury assessment, psychology of injury, methods of protection, prevention and treatment are addressed, along with theories behind rehabilitation. Consideration of case studies from different activities is included to support learning.

Psychology of Physical Activity and Health or Performance Psychology

There is a choice of psychology core module. The first module focuses on the application of psychological principles to evaluate the positive and negative psychological effects of participation in physical activities for health-related quality of life. The second module focuses on key theories and concepts in performance psychology, examining a range of factors (e.g., confidence, motivation, emotional regulation) that are thought to contribute to performance across physical achievement domains, such as dance.

Researching Dance Science  

Building on the skills and knowledge of dance acquired in first year, this module further develops skills in research methods and analysis, designing and conducting your own mini-research project and honing skills in qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, and understanding ethical consideration in data collection. This module prepares you for your independent research dissertation in year three.

Dance Techniques

Practical dance classes enable you to continue your engagement with a range of contemporary and supplementary training practices; such as release-based, Cunningham-based, ballet (barre and centre work), improvisation, fitness and conditioning. You can choose to do five classes per week (a full 30 credits), or two to three classes per week (15 credits), across the year. ​Where you choose 15 credits for dance technique, you can take an additional module in another subject from the elective list.


Example electives for Year 2:

  • The Dancer’s Body
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Repertory
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology (includes Level 3 Exercise Referral)
  • Nutrition for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
  • Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise


Year Three (core modules*)

* Depending on chosen pathway

Principles of Motor Learning for Dance (both pathways)

This module provides you with an understanding of the processes of motor learning and control, focussing on the key facets responsible for the honing of skills and development of expertise within dance. The module explores the interactive role between the dance leader (teacher, choreographer, artistic director, trainer) and the dancer, drawing on motor learning theories and practices which are believed to enhance the dance learning process, increase the quality of dance practice, an ultimately optimise performance. 

Research Project (both pathways)

This module is the culmination of the learning experience for the BSc Dance Science Programme and prepares students who are on the MSci Dance Science programme for their final year.  This is a self-directed, supervised research project, which provides students with an opportunity to implement all the knowledge, skills and understanding gained across the programme studied. MSci Dance Science students will also take an additional research methods module to prepare them for the their master’s year.

Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance (Applied Performance)

The module focuses on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. A key feature of the module is the development of a theoretical and practical understanding of the different physiological procedures and techniques used in the assessment of athletes/dancers’ and how these can be aligned to training strategies.

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation (Applied Performance)

The module will examine the social and psychological factors thought to underlie susceptibility to injury, drawing from theory and research. It will then examine the theory and research on athlete response to injury, and progress to consider key psychological factors which impact on the athlete’s progress through rehabilitation.  

Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions (Health and Wellbeing)

Physical inactivity is recognised as a key predictor of a range of adverse health and social outcomes. Increasing activity levels in the general population is now a priority of government, with increasing opportunities for physical activity professionals. This module integrates a complex knowledge base derived from sport, exercise, health, and mainstream psychology, as well as the discipline of health promotion, to provide a theoretical underpinning to the professional practice of physical activity promotion and intervention.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (Health and Wellbeing)

This module critically examines the process of rehabilitation as related to cardiovascular disease. Detailed exploration of the aetiology of coronary heart disease (CHD), lifestyle management and psychology of behaviour change in relation to lifestyle is undertaken. The evidence-base for exercise and nutritional interventions is critiqued within the framework of primary, secondary and tertiary care, alongside development of skills required to compile multi-disciplinary interventions for secondary prevention.

Applied Dance Science: Portfolio of Practice (BSc students only)

This module provides first-hand experience of applied dance science practices, supporting your personal and professional development as an applied dance science practitioner. It may be through gaining external placement experience or through assisting staff members with ongoing departmental research.


Example electives for Year 3

  • Teaching Dance (includes placement)
  • Applications of Technique in Dance Science
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy 
  • Nutrition for Sport Performance, Exercise and Health
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Biomechanical Techniques
  • Exercise Referral Clinic


Year Four (only for those completing the MSci Dance Science)

*Example modules, depending on chosen pathway, and subject specialism

Both Pathways: Research Dissertation or Applied Dance Science: Supervised Research Portfolio (Core)

You will engage in an in-depth independent piece of work conducted under appropriate supervision from your assigned tutor. The content of the research will primarily be determined by the student under the guidance of the programme leader and supervising tutor. A range of submission formats are available. The Research Dissertation tends to follow a more standard academic research and data collection process, which is led by a pre-determined research question. The Supervised Research Portfolio option involves an applied dance science process in a ‘real-world’ setting drawing on principles of action research.   

Both Pathways: Dance Module Options (choose one)

  • Pedagogical Approaches
  • Techniques for Performance
  • Philosophy and Aesthetics
  • Applied Dance Science: Case Study
  • Performing Politics

Applied Performance Pathway: Biomechanics Route (choose two)

  • Biomechanical Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Applied Techniques in Biomechanics
  • Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice

Applied Performance Pathway: Physiology Route (choose two)

  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
  • Muscle Physiology in Sport and Exercise
  • Professional Skills in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
  • Whole Body Metabolism: Measurement and Application

Applied Performance Pathway: Psychology Route (choose two)

  • Performance Psychology
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Enhancing Physical Activity, Participation and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing Pathway (one core, plus choose two electives, plus one dance module)

  • Principles and Practice of Physical Activity and Public Health (core)
  • Enhancing Physical Activity, Participation and Wellbeing (elective)
  • Physical Activity in Public Health Interventions: Conceptualisation and Design (elective)
  • Measurement in Physical Activity and Public Health (elective)

International English Studies

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International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

When you come to Chichester, you join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice. We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.


Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study. Along with sessions designed specifically for the dance science students, some modules include sessions that integrate with the other Dance students or with the Sports and Exercise Science students. In most modules you can expect a combination of theory and practice. A typical week within the semester will include both physical and theoretical learning experiences via dance technique classes (e.g. contemporary and ballet), supplemental training practices, lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory skills sessions, studio-based workshops and application of practice.

Many modules will require you to complete some preparatory work, such as reading or an individual/group task. You may also be given structured follow-up tasks after a session, to further progress your learning.  As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.


Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical lab and studio-based assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Feedback is offered along the way so that you can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

Auditions details and FAQs

  • Applicants will be asked to attend an application event where they will participate in a dance class, an informal interview (normally in pairs), and submit a short written task. This part of the application process is important to evaluate movement and writing competencies, as well as existing understanding about the area of study.

  • You will normally be interviewed in pairs or threes; you will be asked about your experience of, and interest in, dance and dance science to date. We also want to know why you wish to study Dance Science at university.
  • You will take part in a contemporary dance technique class and a creative task-based practical class. We are looking for your potential for dance study (technical and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks.
  • All applicants will be requested to send a short written task prior to interview. This task should be approximately 1 side of A4 and you will be given a topic to choose from. We are looking for your ability to express your views in writing and to get a sense of your understanding of what dance science is, at the time of applying.

For information about timings, what to wear, etc from our 2019-20 auditions, please see the Dance audition booklet.

Dance audition booklet



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