Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction

Introduction

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.

Course Details

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £19,050 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,050 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,050 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: 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.
  • International entry requirements: 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.