- An MA by research for choreographers, dancers and performance artists with a minimum of 3 years professional experience and those interested in pursuing a practice-based PhD.
- An impressive national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
- Sustained professional artistic work supervised by artist-scholars who are working to challenge and support your choreographic and performance practices.
- There is a flexible timetable that helps experienced professional artists to choose the pathway that best fits their interests, experience and situation.
- We offer a wide range of modules that foster diverse artistic practices.
- Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
This programme is designed for experienced professional choreographers, dancers, performance makers and interdisciplinary artists who want to further understand practice as a form of research.
Deepen your choreographic or performance practice through studio-based enquiry and research informed by contemporary theoretical concerns. This programme has a flexible and supportive approach which makes it possible for you to strengthen your professional practices while working towards a higher degree.
‘Practice as research’ is a growing area for experienced dance artists, choreographers and performers who want to deepen their practice and strengthen their profile. Run by leading artist-scholars, the course supports enquiry through studio practice and research informed by contemporary theoretical concerns. You will be supported in the development and presentation of a comprehensive choreographic and/or performance portfolio. You will also gain a range of reflective and critical skills including writing and documentation strategies, advanced dramaturgy, and the capacity to understand and articulate your work and interests in broader political, cultural and artistic frameworks.
The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression as theatre performance and beyond. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international guests, the Centre supports a compelling research culture.
We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.
You will take the compulsory research methods module Ways of Knowing and one compulsory programme core module. There is flexibility built into the programme to allow you to choose modules that suit your interests.
In Ways of Knowing, a module shared with students of all dance postgraduate taught programmes, you will be introduced to research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis, and practice-as-research.
The Portfolio module is an independently led practice-as-research project that allows you to practice, think, reflect, and articulate and present your ideas and independent research.
Research method modules:
Ways of Knowing
Anthropology of Dance
Politics and Sociology of Dance
Music and Dance
The Performance of Heritage: Dance in Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites
Classicism and Power
People Moving, People Dancing
History, Philosophy and Dance
Independent research module:
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
This course offers professional development for independent artists and choreographers. Some graduates follow careers in research or teaching, or go onto further academic study such as a practice-led PhD.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.