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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 year Full & Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £8,100

2021/22 International fee: £14,300

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Typical Requirements:

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent.

You will also be require to audition for this course and provide a research proposal.

Course content

The MA Dance Masters by Research enables students to develop their own research interests and, supported by tutors design a programme of dance research that addresses specific areas of interest, as an example, projects might explore areas such as; Dance and Postmodernism, Community Dance Practice, Dance in Education, Popular Dance, Site-Specific Dance Practices, Dance and technology, Dance Film, Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts Practices, Dance History, Dance and Politics.

Guest lecturers on the MA include scholars, practitioners and curators all working in innovative areas of dance research.

Read our Postgraduate Dance brochure.


This course starts in September

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre. 

Dance Studios

Dance Studio         Dance Studio

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre        Studio Theatre

 Rehearsal Space

In addition, there is a large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the Academic Building.

Rehearsal Space         Rehearsal Space



The library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your dance knowledge and research. 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. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are also:

  • 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

This course is suitable for you if you are a dance / arts professional, teacher, recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their research skills.

 It will offer you …

  • an opportunity to work with nationally and internationally established dance scholars and practitioners
  • time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship
  • Professional Development
  • deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
  • a stepping-stone toward PhD study

You will develop skills in…

  • critical thinking
  • working independently (via dissertation projects)
  • research and the articulation of that research in writing

It will give you…

  • preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications
  • a qualification that can aid in obtaining work within educational and HE institutions

Indicative modules

Core modules:

Independent Research Project

Your research skills will be facilitated through the formulation and realisation of a self-directed research project in broadly based dance practices, which underpin the MA programme. You will be expected to contextualise your work in the light of contemporary developments in dance research.


The Dissertation emphasises independent research where you select an area of investigation with the advice of tutors. This may arise from earlier modules studied on the degree.  The research may focus on performance practice, professional practice (i.e. teaching and community dance practices) applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Optional modules

In addition to the two core modules, students are required to select two optional modules, these normally include options such as; Artist as Producer, Pedagogical Skills, Body in Site, Scientific Principles and Practice, Developing Dance Practice.

Assessment for this programme employs various methods chosen as the most appropriate for demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes for each module. All modules are assessed by means of programme work in the form of essays, practical choreography presentations, ,reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.



OPTIONS - Choose 3 optional modules from the list below

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Learning is assessed using various methods chosen as the most appropriate for demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes for each module.

All modules are assessed by means of programme work in the form of practical choreography presentations, essays, reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our online application form.

In addition to your application form we would like you to send in a proposal of what you would like to focus on as your research project while studying for an MA. We would like at least 1,000 words written as a proposal about what you would like to do, or what you have already studied, plus a bibliography.

We need to see evidence of your academic ability and knowledge of how to work with theory.

We would like to understand more about your academic background and your ability to think, question and follow academic discussions. You need to focus on a research area and rationalise your exploration. Do you have some theoretical/conceptual knowledge? What have you read to get this far? What did you read on your undergraduate degree to inform you in this work? Do you have an academic argument - an area of research that you would like to follow if we accept you on our programme?