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The MA Dance Masters by Research contributes to a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester.

Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. 

The programme enables students to develop their own research interests and, supported by tutors design a programme of dance research that addresses specific areas of interest.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

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Entry 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 6.0) or equivalent.
  • You will also be require to audition for this course and provide a research proposal


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Student view

Callum Anderson
MA Dance Research
I have just completed my Dissertation project looking at queer representations of masculinity in screendance practice. Being surrounded by likeminded individuals on the course, as well as present at passionate and knowledgeable lectures, really made my time at the University of Chichester stimulating and enjoyable.

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.

All overseas applicants must have an IELTS of 6.5 (with no element less than 6.0)  

Our facilities

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.  In addition, there is a newly refurbished large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the new academic building. Our students will use the facilities within our dance technical team to enhance their understanding of scenography, sound and cameras, and the editing suites to support their choreography and creative practice situated in the Learning and Information Zone of the library. 

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range 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, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  •  Media loans counter
  •  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 module:

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.

Dissertation module:

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, Dance Writing and Criticism, Performing Politics.

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.













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: 

Additional Costs


1 year full-time: £6840

Alumni (10% discount): £6156