This research-focused programme allows you to study dance science within a world-renowned conservatoire. It focuses on applying research to dance practice across recreational, training, and professional settings.
This programme is for anyone with prior dance experience who is interested in dance science, such as dancers, choreographers, scientists, teachers, lecturers and health practitioners. Graduates often go on to become consultants for dance companies, training institutions and national dance organisations. They can become teachers and lecturers and go onto further study. Graduates use their dance science knowledge to inform their own practice as dancers, teachers, rehearsal directors or choreographers.
You will learn within a culture of high calibre conservatoire dancers, interacting with over 300 students committed to becoming professional dancers and choreographers. Cross-disciplinary study opportunities with students on other postgraduate programmes are also integral to the learning experience.
The programme examines the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology as applied to dance, and the intersection of these disciplines with embodied and somatic practices. It includes a core module in research methods, as well as the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from discipline-specific modules to the observation of one dancer across time, proposing a research-informed performance enhancement strategy for that dancer. An independent research-project culminates the programme experience.
Our team is internationally known in the field and work with professional companies and organisations around the world. Trinity Laban is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and a supporter of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).
Our in-house Screening Programme and departmental research projects give you a great opportunity to be involved in live data collection and gain valuable experience of working as a dance scientist while you study. Our specialist facilities include a versatile testing laboratory with dedicated support staff, a specialist dance library and 12 dance studios.
Trinity Laban's MSc produces graduates who contribute significantly to the growing field of dance science through their research, practice and teaching both nationally and internationally.
The MSc Dance Science is a research-focused programme which explores aspects of dance practice and performance through a range of scientific disciplines and in a variety of dance contexts. The programme investigates ways of enhancing dance practice, optimising dancer performance, reducing injury occurrence, and examining the impact of dance on other populations. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with qualitative and quantitative modes of research and practice, integrating interdisciplinary elements of dance science such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and embodied practices (e.g. somatics).
The taught modules are delivered across three consecutive days, with the remaining two days available for self-directed study. One intensive week of study for the Statistics component occurs at the end of the first term. Term 3 (Easter to June) requires flexible availability due to the nature of the module. The Project module (June to September) is independently scheduled via tutorials with your supervisor as relevant. Note: where there is no scheduled delivery there is associated self-directed study amounting to approximately two or more days.
Msc Dance Science (Level 7)
Performance Enhancement: Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology
Embodied and Applied Practices
Whole Dancer Study
For more details, take a look at the programme specification or email the Programme Leader, Liliana Araújo: firstname.lastname@example.org
The wide variety of learning and teaching methods lectures, practical workshops, seminars, group and individual tutorials, peer and tutor led discussions, mini-conference days, studio-and lab-based application, and becomes increasingly self-directed over the duration of the programme. Laboratory skills sessions additionally provide experience of working with testing equipment and dealing with human participants. One to one tutorial support is offered in every module. Group discussion is encouraged in order to provoke informed debate about the application of dance science research to the practical dance environment.
The Programme is structured so as to support progressive development in learning and to increasingly encourage the application of theory to practice, leading to increased autonomy in learning and engagement.
The MSc Dance Science consists of approximately 1800 notional learning hours. The four taught modules vary in their contact hours relative to the module aims and awarding credits (for an outline of contact hours per module, refer to the individual module specifications).
View a list of the Teaching Staff.
The range of summative assessments are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills required of graduates entering the dance science sector and centre on a critical examination of dance science theory and research as applied to dance practice.
For all assessment tasks you will be assessed according to your ability to meet the learning outcomes for the module, and against any specific assessment criteria provided. Assessment tasks include scientific lab reports, critical conceptual investigations, development of performance enhancement strategies, developing a project proposal and a statistics exam. Assessment modes include written, oral and poster presentations.
Graduates often go on to become consultants for dance companies, training institutions and national dance organisations. They can become teachers and lecturers and go onto further study. Graduates use their dance science knowledge to inform their own practice as dancers, teachers, rehearsal directors or choreographers.
“I met life-long mentors, colleagues, and friends and encountered incredible opportunities; above all, I was nurtured as a dance artist, researcher and academic”.
- Dr Shantel Ehrenberg, MSc student 2005/6, Lecturer in Dance, University of Surrey
- Trinity Laban
- University of California Irvine
- University of Roehampton
- New Bucks University
- Royal Academy of Dance
- Texas A & M University
- University of Chichester
Health and Education Positions
- One Dance UK
- National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
- London School of Contemporary Dance
- Boston Ballet and The Juilliard School
- Three graduates of the Trinity Laban MSc have held the post of Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at One Dance UK since 2011
- The Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries in New York
Research Degree Programme
In the past five years, four graduates have enrolled on the Research Degree Programme at Trinity Laban, one of whom was awarded a fully funded studentship as part of a larger project grant from The Leverhulme Trust, and another has been awarded an ESRC PhD studentship for the University of Bath.
For information on MPhil/PhD study in Dance Science, email the Head of Dance Science, Professor Emma Redding: email@example.com.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban's MSc Dance Science graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Also, a reference list of graduate publications, posters and presentations is available.
Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification) or 5 years’ professional experience in a relevant discipline. Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
English Language requirements: IELTS Band 7 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please be aware of its English language requirements, as they may differ. Secure English Language Tests and levels can be found at gov.uk. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.
Please visit the Dance Applications page for full details of entry requirements and the application process for this programme.
Fees and Finance
Fees for September 2020 entrants
Fees are reviewed annually and may increase by up to 5% each year. The following fees are confirmed.
MSc Dance Science Fees 2020
|Full Time: September 2020 entrants|
|Part Time: September 2020 entrants|
|Year 1: 2020/21||£5,210||£11,030|
|Year 2: 2021/22||£5,370||£11,370|
You can also view our Current and Past Fees.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|UCAS||801F (Full-time) / 804P (Part-time)|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2020|
On our dance science programmes you can explore dance practice and performance from theoretical and applied perspectives, through a range of scientific disciplines and in a variety of dance contexts.
Research Lab brings together all MA, MSc, MFA, Phil and PhD students from the Faculties of Music and Dance. It is a space for you to explore what practice might mean in the context of the programme of study you are pursuing at Trinity Laban.
You can find out more about our range of research programmes and facilities here:
What our students say
Seema Chopra / MSc Dance Science
Trinity Laban at global Dance Science conferenceMore than 50 Trinity Laban staff, students and alumni attended the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science conference in Helsinki, Finland, this year to present and learn from new research.Mon 19 Nov 2018#Dance Science
Dance Science health screenings at Trinity Laban keep artists at peak performanceAdvanced health screening techniques developed for contemporary dance students are now being used to support a wide range of professional performers, including a dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and members of a top London hip-hop company.Wed 10 Oct 2018