University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

This course is designed for people who have prior dance experience and professional or volunteering experience with people in need, and would like to practise as a dance movement psychotherapist.

Dance movement psychotherapy is a relational process in which a client and therapist engage in an empathetic creative process using body movement and dance to assist the integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. We believe that focusing on the creative potential of individuals in a relationship creates a sound ethical basis for psychotherapeutic work.

You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as a dance movement psychotherapist. All graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). Graduates often create their own positions; facilitating dance movement psychotherapy sessions within settings including: social services; special needs; schools; psychiatry; probationary and rehabilitation units; forensic psychiatry.

The course offers opportunities for you to explore and expand movement preferences, ways of interacting with others, belief systems, prejudices and values. Emphasis is placed on development of your own style as a dance movement psychotherapist. You also have the opportunity to perform and exhibit your ongoing work in a yearly Arts Therapies exhibition.

The MA in DMP benefits from cutting edge research conducted through the Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR) and this feeds directly into teaching. The programme ethos emphasises a critical consideration of different descriptions and explanations of bodies, human systems and therapeutic practices in different places and times. In the context of an individual student's experiences, beliefs, values and different 'cultures', our teaching actively promotes a participatory ethic, self'reflexive practices and the ability for critical reflection on: creative processes, intersubjectivity and the construction of social and power differentials, in learning and in psychotherapy.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £8,896 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £12,032 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £556 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MA £752 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • All eligible applicants to the programme will be interviewed/auditioned by the Programme Coordinator with Programme staff. Selection will be based on the following admissions criteria:
  • Applicants will normally be required to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above); in most cases this will be in a dance-related discipline or a clinically related discipline such as Dance, Psychology, Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing, or Social Work etc. Alternatively graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Occupational Therapy, Probation Officers or Social Work, are also accepted.
  • Applicants must attend an admissions/audition day which includes experiential work and an interview.
  • Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of one year experience in clinical setting working with clients appropriate to the programme.
  • It is expected that applicants will have prior movement and dance experience either having worked professionally in a dance movement/performance context or having practiced continuously for a minimum of 2 years prior to training. It is required that applicants have knowledge and experience of at least two dance movement techniques or styles.
  • In addition to the application form you will need to provide a personal statement and complete the additional information form. See details below:
  • Personal Statement
  • The typed personal statement (approx 500 words) should cover the following main areas:
  • •What has led you to wish to train as a therapist at this time?
  • •How does this connect with your dance background, experience and hopes for the future?
  • •What is your experience of how dance movement may enhance the lives and facilitate change?
  • •Mention relevant courses, conferences and reading, any meetings with dance movement or other therapists.
  • The personal statement is also an indication of how well you express yourself in writing and helps us to identify any needs for specific support and development before or during the programme.