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Are you a dance practitioner, choreographer or teacher wishing to deepen your practical knowledge and critical engagement with dance? Join a vibrant research community with opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. You’ll grow in confidence as a researcher with the ability to generate new ideas, connections, approaches and critical perspectives.

This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM). Further details are available on these pages.

Key features

-Take advantage of our stunning, new, purpose-built performing arts facility, The House.
-Learn from highly skilled and internationally renowned practitioners and scholars. Work within the Performance, Experience and Presence (PEP) research group which greatly informs the teaching on this programme.
-Make use of the close links we have fostered with leading dance companies and professional artists while you’re with us, and gain extra experience that will open up your career prospects. Devon now has a regional and national dance agency, Dance in Devon, and the programme draws on this expertise and dance activity.
-Benefit from training on the programme which explicitly embeds the skills identified by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, preparing you for MPhil/PhD programmes.
-Join BA Dance students to take dance technique classes; the theatre and performance department also hosts a number of extra-curricular classes and performance opportunities that are open to you.
-Engage with Plymouth’s vibrant theatre and performance scene with Peninsula Arts, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Barbican Theatre Plymouth, alongside events and training workshops arranged by the department itself. In the past, our nationally and internationally acclaimed visitors have included Jonathan Burrows/Matteo Fargion, Russell Maliphant, Hofesh Shechter, Jordi Cortés (DV 8), Yael Flexer, Rick Nodine, and Kirstie Simson.
-Choose to study full time or part time to fit in with your career plans or other commitments. This programme is also available as a Research Masters (ResM).
-Be part of a lively interdisciplinary arts and research community where you’ll mix with staff and students from across the arts faculty, creating opportunities for collaborative performance and practice-based research.

Course details

All MRes and ResM students study the modules, researching dance and research in the arts and humanities. You’ll also attend individual tutorials with your supervisor and regular research seminars. Both programmes lead to either a written thesis or one combining critical writing with creative/professional practice. While the MRes can only be studied full-time (12 months), the ResM is available either full or part-time. Having completed your taught modules in Year 1 (whether full or part-time), your following year will involve an agreed tutorial schedule and work plan. You may attend additional training, workshops and research seminars. As a full time ResM student, you’ll submit your thesis after 18 months (part-time, after 24 months) or pay a nominal sum for up to six months additional ‘writing up’ time (part-time, 12 months). Your viva takes place following submission of your thesis. To discuss which route is best for you, contact the programme leader.

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAPR710 Researching Dance
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Dance - MRes/ResM page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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