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Msc Dance Science

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

One year full-time (part-time routes are available)

Entry Requirements and Fees


2021/22 UK fee: £7,900

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

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

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


Entry Requirements:

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification
  • Applicants who want to take the Technical Dance Practice optional module will be required to demonstrate practical dance competency to a sufficient postgraduate level.
  • Applicants who want to take the Awareness in Motion optional module will need to demonstrate prior experience of somatic practices..

Course content


This suite of MSc programmes is designed for students wishing to advance their undergraduate studies by developing specialist knowledge and application in a specific discipline within dance science. The programmes provide a unique and integrated packaging of modules from across MA Dance and MSc Sports and Exercise Science programmes.The course provides the opportunity to specialise exclusively in a discipline of Dance Science, with fully equipped laboratories enabling hands on experience.

Discipline specific routes available:

  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Strength and Conditioning 

Each discipline route includes three required modules in that subject area, two relevant dance electives, a research methods module.  The course provides the opportunity to pursue an Applied Dance Science: Supervised Research Portfolio or a Dissertation . The Applied Dance Science: Supervised Research Portfolio allows students to gain insight into applied dance science and prepare them for the type of reflective and academically grounded experience that is a central demand of candidates seeking membership and professional development opportunities with organisations such as the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), One Dance UK, British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), and National Dance Educators Organisation (NDEO).

This Programme aims to:

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of current theory, research and debates at the forefront of Dance Science;
  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of research methodologies and practical techniques used in the field of Dance Science;
  • Foster a self-directed approach to learning.


Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

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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

  • 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

Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for dance science (e.g. teaching in further and higher education, working in professional companies and in health and well-being). Coupled with such growth has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions.

Indicative modules

Core Modules (all routes):

  • Research Dissertation:  
  • You will conduct and communicate independent research in an area of your own interest.


  • Applied Dance Science: Supervised Research Portfolio:
  • You will gain real-world experience of the demands of applied dance science and have an opportunity to learn and develop research-informed applied skills, whilst having access to specialist support and equipment.


  • Research Methods for Health and Performance

Through a choice of optional topics, you have the opportunity to personalise learning and the application context of research and analysis methods. The focus will be on real world research, data collection and analysis with the requirement to make sound judgements about incomplete or varied data.


Discipline Specific Modules:

Biomechanics route

  • Biomechanical Instrumentation and Measurement

You will learn the specifics of our biomechanics equipment including 3D motion capture, EMG, force and accelerometery.  

  • Developing as an Applied Practitioner in Biomechanics

At the end of this hands-on module, you will be able to deliver biomechanics testing methods to clients.

  • Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice

The aim of this module is to provide applied insight into applied human physiology and biomechanics.


Nutrition route

  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This is a hands-on module that advances the skills required to undertake physiological and nutritional assessments linked to client population requirements. 

  • Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition

This module aims to develop the practical skills and knowledge base essential for designing, delivering and monitoring individually tailored nutritional interventions that optimise sports performance and recovery, and enhancement of athlete wellbeing. 

  • Muscle Physiology for Sport Exercise and Nutrition

The module will advance your in-depth understanding of the structure, function and adaptability of human skeletal muscle with additional application to nutritional and training strategies to improve exercise performance. 


Physiology route

  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This is a hands-on module that advances the skills required to undertake physiological and nutritional assessments linked to client population requirements. 

  • Muscle Physiology for Sport Exercise and Nutrition

The module will advance your in-depth understanding of the structure, function and adaptability of human skeletal muscle with additional application to nutritional and training strategies to improve exercise performance. 

  • Professional Skills in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This module will address the interplay between external physical and nutritional challenges associated with different environments, internal physiological and metabolic challenges associated with gender, training status, and various states of disease-impaired or compromised function such as musculoskeletal injuries.  


  • Whole Body Metabolism Measurement and Application in Exercise Physiology

This module will address the application of whole-body metabolism to a variety of contexts within sport and exercise physiology ranging from elite sporting performance to clinical settings.


Psychology route

  • Advanced Performance Psychology 

Explore the causes and consequences of key psychological constructs that have been implicated as determinants of sporting performance. 

  • Cognitive Processes in Sport  

This module attempts to identify the key cognitive factors responsible for the development and demonstration of expertise, and to explore the scope for the coach and the learner to enhance learning and performance through a better understanding of such processes. 

  • Enhancing Physical Activity Participation and Wellbeing 

Contemporary research and theory relating to exercise and physical activity participation for health and well-being will be explored.


Strength and Conditioning

  • Applied Measurement Techniques

Focus on how physiological and biomechanical data are recorded will consider both laboratory techniques and field-based alternatives, in addition to measurement reliability, with attention given to the practical application of statistical concepts like typical error and limits of agreement. 

  • Planning, Programming and Application 

The emphasis of this module is to develop a robust theoretical understanding, practical skills, and competencies that will make you an effective strength and conditioning practitioner.

  • Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice 

The aim of this module is to provide applied insight into applied human physiology and biomechanics. 


Optional modules

For all routes you will be able to select two modules from the following:

  • Technical Dance Practice

Develop and strengthen your contemporary dance understanding and performance through practical classes in a variety of contemporary dance technique classes.

  • Pedagogical Approaches

Explore and define your own teaching practice and values through studio-based micro-teaching tasks and workshops addressing both technical and creative approaches.

  • Philosophy and Aesthetics

This module offers a theoretical choice to engage with current debates about dance and is rooted in philosophical and aesthetic ideologies, from both historicised and contemporary perspectives.

  • Awareness in Motion

Here you are given the opportunity to discover more about your own movement potential through a somatic practice, focussing particularly on one somatic practice, such as the Feldenkrais Method.

  • Applied Dance Science: Case Study

The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate dance-specific monitoring and observation of an individual dancer within a real-life setting, over a specified period of time.

  • Examining Practice: Subjective Perspectives in Dance

This module uses a range of theoretical principles, embodied and methodological approaches as a means of exploring and  documenting subjective experience and the process of researcher reflexivity in disseminating ideas. 


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