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 Acting 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).
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
Health and Education Positions
- Dance UK
- 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 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, Dr 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.
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.
Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification). Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. Decisions are made by the RPL Panel with delegated authority from the Assessment Board. An External Examiner may decide to scrutinise the evidence supporting a claim as part of the Assessment Board process.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.
Fees and Finance
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|UCAS||801F (Full-time) / 804P (Part-time)|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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.
What our students say
Seema Chopra / MSc Dance Science