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MA Dance

Course Description

***Thanks you for your interest in this programme - unfortunately, it has been suspended for the current academic year. Please check back in September for details of the revised programme, or follow the link through to the University of Surrey website to contact the school/department directly for more information. If you are a current University of Surrey student, please contact your Programme Director or Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for further information.***

Examine exciting changes in the professional realms of dance, theatre, dance-theatre and performance studies, such as new forms of innovative and experimental performance, and new developments in cross-disciplinary study.


The MA Dance programme is an exciting new addition to the postgraduate portfolio at the University of Surrey. This new Masters programme emphasises collaboration, cross-disciplinary research and practical experimentation to offer a dynamic environment for study and practice.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/dance


Modules will reflect distinct changes in both dance and theatre (for instance in relation to hybrid practices, the impact of digital technologies on contemporary performance-making, and scholarship in phenomenology, kinaesthesia and performance philosophy).

The blending of conservatoire and academic expertise in our teaching is particularly distinctive, especially alongside current programmes in the School of Arts that also place an emphasis on high-level performance, experimental practice, and cutting-edge research and scholarship in performance studies.

The programme will give you a platform from which to embark on an academic career path and/or to enter a performance career in dance or theatre.

This programme is designed for scholarly and practice-based researchers, choreographers, and performance-makers. The pathway is designed to facilitate students’ desire to pursue academic written work primarily, performance work primarily, or a combination of the two. The pathway is for those who want to explore and propose new models for dance practice and research with a particular focus on the body, choreography, practice as research, conceptual dance, and dance theatre, along with a number of other current and emerging dance-related research, practices and performance.

The Dance pathway is inspired by and developed directly from the previous MA Dance Cultures programme at the University of Surrey. The programme retains the rigour of its predecessor, an interest in cultural and critical theories in dance studies, and the crossing of practice and research (reflecting developments in staffing). It offers an opportunity for developing one’s academic and/or performance career in dance and dance studies, and provides students with specialist mentors, access to studio space, and collaborative practice opportunities. The programme includes greater interrogation of and experimentation with innovative and experimental dance and theatre performance and research today. It updates how the coursework engages with the crossover of practice and research, as this has considerably developed since the last review, and more appropriately reflects changes in dance studies today (for instance concerning developments in relation to phenomenology and the concept of kinaesthesia).


What’s special about the Arts at Surrey?:

- We provide specialist study and expertise within a vibrant interdisciplinary environment.

- We promote the critical understanding of histories, theories and contexts specific to our diverse subject areas.

- We develop the individual talents of the creative practitioner and scholar, along with the ability to work effectively in the collaborative situations that characterize the Arts today.

- We enable staff and students to pursue opportunities for creativity, innovation and leadership within our areas.

- We provide direct routes to employment in the wide range of today’s creative and cultural industries.

- Our staff are expert and internationally respected in their fields of scholarship and professional practice.

- We have high-specification facilities and technical resources that support leading-edge study and practice.

The Arts figure the concerns, values, pains and pleasures of a society. They are fundamental to human experience. At Surrey we aim to understand contexts of the Arts, explain processes and develop practices. We work with the best staff, students and partners, who continue to shape the future of our disciplines.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MA Dance page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree (first or 2.1) in a relevant field, as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Applicants without a Bachelors degree who can demonstrate relevant experience at the appropriate standard may also be considered. Suitable applicants may be called to interview and participate in a collaborative activity appropriate to their discipline. Overseas candidates will in most cases be assessed remotely and through evidence of the ability to work collaboratively. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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