MSc Dance Science

"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."

Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science

What is it?

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. 

What is special about it?

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.

Who is it for?

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.

What can I do next?

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.

What do students say?

“The institution has provided the opportunity to learn directly from top researchers in the field… equipment and facilities are state of the art… Studying at Trinity Laban is the best decision I’ve ever made.” - Kristina Marquez, MSc student 2014/15

Student Testimonial

Seema Chopra, Alumna MSc Dance Science 2015

What do alumni say?

“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

"My experience of Trinity Laban, I'd say, has been a really fantastic one. It makes me feel very valued, and very validated in what I want to do.... I really will be able to pursue those dreams I want, because of the research I'm doing." - Lucie Clements, PhD Dance Science / 2015-19, MSc Dance Science / 2014-15

Graduate Journeys

10 out of 19 graduates (52.6%) were employed while 3 out of 19 (15.8%) were undertaking further study


  • Trinity Laban
  • University of California Irvine

Lecturing positions

  • University of Roehampton
  • New Bucks University
  • Royal Academy of Dance
  • Texas A & M University

Health and education positions 

  • Dance UK
  • London School of Contemporary Dance
  • Boston Ballet and The Juilliard School
  • Akademi
  • Three graduates of the Trinity Laban MSc have held the post of Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at 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.

View more alumni success stories visit our alumni pages. Also, a reference list of graduate publications, posters and presentations is available.

How can I find out more?

Email the Programme Leader, Edel Quin: [email protected]

For information on MPhil/PhD study in Dance Science, email the Head of Dance Science, Dr Emma Redding: [email protected]


1-year full time, or 2-years part time

In 2017/18 the fees are:

  • £6,950 (full time) or £3,900 (part time year one) and £3,900 (part time year two) for Home/EU students
  • £17,850 (full time) or £9,950 (part time year one) and £9,750 (part time year two) for overseas students

IELTS at Band 7 or above, or the TCL Integrated Skills in English III


Trinity Laban is a partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science


Laban Library & Archive

As a student at Trinity Laban you have access to the UK’s largest open access specialist dance collection

Financial Awards

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