Taught course

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Canterbury Christ Church University · School of Allied Health Professions

Entry requirements

First degree – honours: from a range of relevant subject areas (e.g. dance, psychology, education, childhood studies) normally with first or second class degree; or

have a recognised academic professional qualification in a health­related field such as Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Counselling, with additional evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level.

In exceptional circumstances candidates with significant experience of working in this field who produce a satisfactory portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at this level, may be accepted.

Months of entry


Course content

There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia. Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is effective across a very wide range of populations of every age, ability, ethnicity and culture. Requests for trained and experienced professionals in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) are increasing.

This MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy provides graduates with a route to a qualification, licence to practice and registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).

The three ­year part­-time course has been run successfully in collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church and Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre, in Bristol for nearly ten years.

The course:

  • is part time
  • is located at the Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre in Bristol and commences in September each year

The award of an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is consistent in its structure and content with the requirements of the Masters Framework for qualification in Health and Social Care, and is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy specific programme.

This MA gives you the opportunity to build on your previous educational studies through a challenging educational and practice experience. It combines applied theoretical concepts with practice placements, during which you'll gain knowledge and skills for practice. You'll progress through the Masters towards an award in stages.

If you exit at Year 1 or 2 you will not be eligible for registration with the ADMP UK as a Dance Movement Therapist; however you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement: The Therapeutic Process.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Kate Marsh