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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

10 months Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £4,900

2021/22 International fee: £6,850

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 2:2 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

Applications & Course Pre-requisites

Application to the course is made by completing the online application form and completing the additional requirements as listed below. You will also be invited to attend an interview.

Your prior knowledge and skill as a somatic practitioner will be assessed prior to acceptance on the programme. This will take the form of an interview and the submission (prior to interview) of 1) a portfolio and 2) an essay.

1) The Portfolio will take the form of an extended curriculum vitae with supplementary materials (i.e. teaching materials, video evidence, images, website materials, publications) that evidence the following:

  • previous academic experience;
  • participation in a recognised professional programme of study i.e. Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, Skinner Releasing Technique, Integrative Body Movement Therapy, or similar training (these might be formally recognised or take the form of ongoing participation in somatically based workshops)
  • Continuing Professional Development in a recognised field of practice, i.e. participation in workshops, training, mentoring programmes, seminars, conferences, classes, supervision or similar;
  • evidence of applied practice in the field, i.e. teaching, facilitation, movement practice research, applied arts practice, creative arts/performance based research.

2) The Essay will be a critical and reflexive review of your learning to date employing an academic writing style and placing your learning within a wider context of your specific discipline (IBMT, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, yoga, etc). It will be 2000 words and should include Harvard style referencing.  

We cannot provide intensive academic support for the completion of these additional requirements but will be able to offer applicants some guidance prior to completing these tasks. We also suggest you approach your professional body (for example, Linda Hartley at Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy) for some tutorial support. We urge you to take time in preparing these items of assessment as they are the basis of your MA programme and, as such, constitute half of your MA degree qualification.

Course content

Please note this programme will not be running for 2020/21.

The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context.  

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research. 

The programme will enable you to analyse, critique and articulate your somatic and/or movement practice in relation to current industry practices, protocols and conventions and situate your work within the U.K, European and North American field of somatics.

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen their critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.

In particular, the programme provides you with opportunities for developing an understanding of individual practice in relation to current trends, practices and opportunities within the wider fields of somatic and somatically informed movement practices.

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

For further information please contact Detta Howe

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 1   Dance Studio 2

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre 1   Studio Theatre 2

Rehearsal Space

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

Rehearsal Space 1   Rehearsal Space 2



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 practitioner with 3 or more years of professional practice and/or a diploma in a somatic practice such as Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), Body-Mind Centreing, Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais Technique, Alexander Technique, Tamalpa Practice, Yoga, Skinner Releasing Technique.

It will offer you …

  • an opportunity to reflect on your professional practice and prior training
  • time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through 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…

  • Problem solving
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Working independently
  • Research and the articulation of that research in writing

It will give you…

  • A qualification that will aid your membership to the International Association of Somatic Educators Association or other professional training organisation
  • Preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.

Indicative modules

This course consists of 2 modules. Prior to beginning the course you will have your prior professional learning accredited. This is done through an interview, the submission of a professional portfolio and an essay (for more details see ‘how to apply’ below).

Module 1: Somatically-informed Research Methodologies

Aims: This module aims to provide students with:

  • a solid grounding in research methods, which will be of value in postgraduate study in the study of somatics and body oriented research projects, and will facilitate students’ development as reflexive practitioners;
  • strategies for research that is somatically informed (or practiced);
  • strategies for research that are appropriate to the study of the body as subject (eg. phenomenology and heuristics which focus on lived experience rather than on an object of study)
  • an understanding of how somatic practices might fit within broader cultural and discipline contexts, debates and practices

Module 2: Somatic Practices Dissertation

Aims: This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to: 

  • work independently on a substantial written research project of your choice;
  • further develop their research skills in an extended in-depth investigation;
  • produce self-reflexive innovative research presented in a scholarly and professional manner.
  • situate your research in a broad context of somatic and movement practices;
  • develop and apply appropriate somatically-informed research methodologies relevant to your research
  • develop theoretical insights and awareness of critical and/or philosophical concepts relevant to your research

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

Assessed through a portfolio of prior work/training, the completion of a Research Methodologies module (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional movement practitioners who seek to extend and develop their professional learning through Masters study.

The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their professional training and practice through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Research methodologies module  and through the completion of a Dissertation project developed through independent study.

The programme will be of interest to those who have completed professional training existing outside Higher Education (examples of such trainings in the UK and internationally include: Body-Mind CenteringÒ, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Skinner Releasing Technique) who seek flexibility of study. 

The research methodologies module can be taken as a stand-alone module with flexible delivery (online, weekends, summer). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and are normally delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs