Taught course

Dance Science

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

You should normally have professional dance, movement theatre or performance experience and/or successfully completed a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (eg USA degree - GPA 3.00 or above).

Months of entry


Course content

"Dance UK's Healthier Dancer Programme works to increase knowledge of dancers' health, fitness and well- being, and to promote longer, healthier dance careers. We welcome Trinity Laban's initiative in creating the UK's first MSc in Dance Science." - Jeanette Siddall, Former Director Dance UK, Director of Dance, Arts Council England.

The first Masters degree of its kind in the world, the MSc and MFA Dance Science with its own laboratory space sits alongside Trinity Laban's Dance Health Department which includes a large Pilates studio and a variety of treatment rooms.

The programme explores the scientific issues underlying dance performance, technical training, dancer health and injury prevention, looking at ways to optimise performance, improve training techniques and enhance performer potential. The programme examines the qualitative and quantitative aspects of dance practice, introducing elements from a range of scientific disciplines and applying them to a dance context.

Please note that technical training (practical technique classes) is not provided as part of the specification nor funded within the modular fee structure of the majority of Masters programmes. Please check on the programme specification in which you are interested if this applies to your choice. However, you may elect to join a course of technical classes on payment of a supplementary fee, (as listed in the current fees leaflet). These classes are NOT provided as an award bearing course of study or training, and you will be joining students from other programmes at Trinity Laban for this.

The MSc Dance Science is a 1-year full time or 2-year part time programme.

The MFA Dance Science is a 2-year research-focused postgraduate programme. The first year shares module content with students on the MSc Dance Science programme. An extended independent project forms the second year, as the defining feature of the MFA Dance Science.

We welcome applications from students with prior dance experience, who are interested in investigating the science and art of dance. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their capacity to undertake independent self-directed research over an extended period of time and propose a research question that warrants the depth and breadth that an extended project time frame can afford. The choice between pursuit of an MSc or MFA programme of study will depend upon the applicant’s prior experiences and future aspirations.

Information for international students

Students from over 60 countries currently study at Trinity Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing our international community.

We want our international students to enjoy their time at Trinity Laban and make the most of the academic, personal and social opportunities available here. Living away from home can be a big change and adapting to a different country can be a little confusing at times. We are here to help you if you have questions or come across any difficulties while you are with us, and ensure you can access the full range of student support available.

Our thriving Students’ Union will help you meet people from all over the world, make life-long friends and experience life in London, considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world.

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability. Free English language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English and for students with a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).

Once enrolled on one of our programmes, you can access support from your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor. Depending on the programme, this is through timetabled classes or one-to-one tutorials. Draft-checking of written assignments is available, as is help in any area where your level of English may be causing you problems. Support is available for all programmes (except for the Teaching Musician programme and other courses within the Learning and Participation department).

Trinity Laban holds various auditions in Asia, North America and cities throughout Europe. They are designed to give you an insight into what we expect from our students, and to find out more about the programmes we offer at our award-winning facilities in London. Find out more on the Auditions section of our website.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students pay tuition fees annually to cover the costs of studying at Trinity Laban. These vary from programme to programme and depend on whether you are a UK/EU or international student.

The government has announced that Student Loans of up to £10,000 are available for Masters programmes for Sept 2017 entry. Those loans have to be paid back after the end of your course, once you are earning over £21,000. You can find more information on the Student Loans Company website and check terms and eligibility.

If you are ineligible for this loan or it does not cover your living costs, you can also apply for a Career Development Loan from a bank. Repayment starts one month after the end of your course, with no interest during your studies. Interest will accrue after your course and repayment rates will vary according to your loan. Check terms and eligibility.

There are alternative ways to fund your studies, including:

Trinity Laban also has some funding opportunities available and provides a variety of awards to students each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months
part time
22 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dance Admissions
+44 (0) 20 8305 9400