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Dance Science & Education (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

Programme description

If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. This innovative programme - the only one of its kind in Scotland - offers just that, giving you the scientific theory and specialist skills that will inspire you to push the frontiers of dance and dance education.

As you study the science relevant to dance performance and education, you will have access to resources at:

Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences
Human Performance Science group

Through a multi-disciplinary blend of theory and practice, you will learn to prepare dancers to improve performance, explore the physiological and developmental issues that relate to dance education and training, and develop awareness of changing trends.

The programme is offered as:

Master of Science, which can be completed over 12 months (full time) or 24-72 months (part time)
Postgraduate diploma, which can be completed over 9 months (full time) or 12-48 months (part time)

Dance Science & Education with teaching pathway to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS):
Many dance teachers work in school and community contexts, however, it is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in the Scottish state school system to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). Being registered not only allows an individual to teach but it also provides assurances to employers, parents and children that teachers meet a national standard of teaching.

The MSc Dance Science and Education now has a teaching pathway to registration with the GTCS, which was accredited in June 2015. On successful completion of this degree students are recommended by the University to the GTCS for provisional registration. Upon completion of the required probationary period of teaching graduates from this degree will further register with the GTCS as a teacher with a subject specialism in dance. This is currently the only route to GTCS registration as a teacher for dance specialists qualified to teach learners aged 3-18 years in schools.

The programme is offered as a Master of Science (SCQF level 11) and can be completed over 15 months (full time) or 24 months (part time). It is not available as a Postgraduate diploma.

Programme structure

Your learning will incorporate a variety of approaches including lectures, student-led seminars, presentations and, where appropriate, practical skills training and project work.

Compulsory courses:

Dance Pedagogy
Preventive Dance Medicine
Research Methods x 3

You will also choose 40 credits of optional courses from a range that are offered at Moray House School of Education and may include for example:

Coaching and performance
Psychology for physical activity
Nutritional factors and ergogenic aids
Physical activity for health
Pediatric factors in sport
Assessment of physical activity and body composition
Peak performance
Stress and coping in performance
Planning and instruction for performance
Physio-mechanical aspects of resistance training
Conditioning physiology

Additional options may be chosen from courses offered by relevant schools within the University, subject to approval.

On completion of your courses, you may choose to progress to the MSc, which will include the production of an independently researched dissertation.

For the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, there are no optional courses, but there is an additional compulsory course:

The Professional Development and Leadership in Dance Teaching (PDLDT)

Career opportunities

Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, this programme will prepare you for further research, which can be channelled into an academic career or used to advance your performing or educational career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication and project management, will also be valuable in enhancing any career options.

If you choose the GTCS accredited teaching pathway, this degree will enable you to apply for GTCS registration and teach in schools with a subject specialism of dance across 3-18 years.

Visit the Dance Science & Education (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience. In order to apply for the accredited teaching pathway, GTCS requires that all teachers in schools can demonstrate the following levels of certification in numeracy and literacy: SQA Higher Grade pass at levels A, B, C (or equivalent) in English; SQA Standard Grade (Credit Level 1 or 2) pass in Mathematics or its equivalent

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