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MSc Dance Science

Course Description

Course Summary

This course provides an intellectually stimulating programme of study, examining dance practice from physiological, psychological and biomechanical perspectives.

You will apply science to the notion of optimising dance using laboratory-based and psychological methods, with access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment, large dance studios and excellent learning resources.

Explore your own interests through elective units covering areas like nutrition, public health and performance analysis, combined with a unique opportunity to collaborate with students across a range of disciplines. This unique opportunity will allow you to create a distinct study and research pathway preparing you for a sustainable career in dance science.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Dance Science MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study with staff with strong academic and practice backgrounds in dance and sport science research, dance making, performance and leadership
- Explore current research across dance, sport and exercise disciplines as you select study units in line with your own interests, and choose whether to focus on the role of dance in public health or on elite participation
- Develop your practical skills using excellent on-campus facilities for dance and exercise science training, including the Sport Science Laboratories and Human Performance Unit, and the professionally equipped 280 seat theatre, theatre studio and suite of dance studios
- Gain access to a wide range of elective units thanks to a unique partnership allowing you to work alongside students on sport, exercise and behaviour courses across the University
- Benefit from a degree that develops you as a competent and rigorous dance scientist able to work holistically with recreational, vocational and professional dancers, and prepares you for roles including dance scientist practitioner, teacher, choreographer and dance artist or to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Dance Science course will provide you with an intellectually challenging programme of advanced study, examining dance practice from physiological, psychological and biomechanical perspectives. You will have the unique opportunity to explore your own interests through a range of elective study units.

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements.

For information on entry requirements, please see:

Standard entry requirements for UK students http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/ukugentryreqs

Students from the European Union - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/eu/guides

International students - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/international/apply


You will be invited to attend an interview and will be accepted to the programme on the strength of your application form and interview. If you are unable to travel, interviews can be conducted online or by telephone.

Career Management Skills

You will be directly engaged in the context of applied dance science employment, by replicating the demands of the workplace in seminar tasks and assessments (e.g. presentations, testing, creating scientific posters). You will have the opportunity to volunteer with staff research and are encouraged to attend relevant conferences and events that provide additional knowledge and networking opportunities.

Career/Further study opportunities

The MSc Dance Science programme prepares you for the following career and further study options:


- Dance Scientist Practitioner: working in large and small-scale dance companies, conservatoires and vocational training contexts, pre-vocational training environments; private dance schools.
- Academia and Research: leading learning units pertaining to the study of dance science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and associated subjects in tertiary education; creating research initiatives responding to current political, social, artistic and scientific contexts; performing literature searches; developing coherent and rigorous research hypotheses and methodologies; determining qualitative and quantitative results and presenting findings in light of their application to dance practice; delivering conference papers in national and international contexts; presentations and lectures; publications in industry and peer-reviewed academic journals.
- Teacher/ Choreographer/ Dance Artist: developing and augmenting existing practice in these fields through a more considered and reasoned knowledge of the dancing body and mind; practice-based application to safe and effective dance practice; awareness of current research and its impact on practice.

Further study:

- MPhil/ PhD: Dance science or related subject research focused study
- Diversification of training: Physiotherapy; Dance Movement Psychotherapy; Counselling; Mental Skills Training; Coaching; Personal Training

Visit the MSc Dance Science page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

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