Research course

Dance Science

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
MFA by research

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification).

Months of entry


Course content

The MFA Dance Science is a 2-year research-focused postgraduate programme, which broadens the possibilities within dance science research and study. 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.

This is the world’s first and only MFA Dance Science programme. It examines both the science and the art of dance. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with qualitative and quantitative modes of research and practice, integrating interdisciplinary elements of dance science such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and embodied practices (e.g. Somatics). Scientific research methods and modes of statistical analyses are central to the taught programme in the first year.

The second year offers an opportunity for students to direct their postgraduate dance science experience through an extended enquiry. This requires both breadth and depth of critical engagement culminating in a substantial research project.

The uniqueness of the programme, being situated within a dance and music conservatoire, brings with it the opportunity to be part of the wider Trinity Laban artistic and scholarly community, along with access to specialist staff and performance and laboratory facilities.

Our team is internationally known in the field and work with professional companies and organisations around the world. Trinity Laban is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and a supporter of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).

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.

The programme aims to extend the range of practice, educational, research and employment possibilities available to graduates. An MFA Dance Science is likely to appeal to graduates wishing to pursue a career in higher education, especially where a terminal degree is required. As with the MSc, graduates can go on to become consultants for dance companies, training institutions and national dance organisations. Some might pursue further study at PhD level. Others will use their dance science knowledge to inform their practice as dancers, teachers, rehearsal directors or choreographers.

Qualification and course duration

MFA by research

full time
24 months

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