Taught course


De Montfort University · School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent or above of a 2:2 UK bachelor’s honours degree in a related subject, such as Dance, Drama or Performing Arts.

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Evidence of previous performance practice material (statements, images or online links) is required.

Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

On this course you will place your own practice (whether emerging or established) at the heart of your studies. Using a range of artistic and scholarly perspectives from dance and other artistic disciplines, you will explore new approaches to the research and realisation of choreography in professional and academic contexts. The curriculum emphasises the development of practice research, interdisciplinarity and authorship.

Balancing taught with independent study, the course is delivered from practical and scholarly perspectives through studio-based and classroom activities. You will explore practice-research methods, critical choreographic contexts, performance making and negotiated study. You are encouraged to personalise your studies by drawing directly upon your background, identity, culture and specialist movement practices. Teaching is delivered by acclaimed artist practitioners and academics in the fields of dance and wider creative practices.

Embedded within the course are opportunities to present your research and practice at the International Centre for Choreography (iC4C), and engage with FABRIC (Dance4 and DanceXchange together), visiting artists and the public.

The course is designed for those wishing to further their skills to develop themselves as independent professional artists working across a range of contexts, and as artist-academics. It is ideal for recent graduates, established artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices and deepen their engagement in choreographic processes.

Key features

  • Work alongside the highly acclaimed FABRIC and its iC4C who have an international reputation for supporting and promoting cutting-edge choreographic work.
  • Learn from current practicing artists and internationally recognised academics at DMU, complemented by FABRIC's visiting artists and engagement with industry partners.
  • Learning is embedded in your own artistic practice and you will discover how to place your work in the context of practice-research.
  • Study choreography as an ever-changing artistic practice and discover new ways of thinking that will challenge and develop your own practice.
  • Gain real-world experience of engagement with a professional organisation and benefit from mentoring and industry connectivity to support your professional development.
  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for learning activities in dance.

Information for international students

English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please visit our website for more information about course fees and available funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70