Taught course

Dance Science (MSc)

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

Entry requirements

These include:
  • Professional dance, movement theatre or performance experience
  • An appropriate first degree (or equivalent qualification)

Applicants without a formal qualification are subject to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

  • 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).

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent.

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.

This research-focused programme allows you to study dance science within a world-renowned conservatoire. It focuses on applying research to dance practice across recreational, training and professional settings.

  • The programme is for anyone with prior dance experience who is interested in dance science
  • The modules examine the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology as applied to dance
  • Cross-disciplinary study opportunities with students from other postgraduate programmes are also integral
  • Trinity Laban is a founding member of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, and our team is internationally known in the field
  • Our in-house training programme and departmental research projects allow you to gain valuable experience of working as a data scientist while you study
  • Specialist facilities include a versatile testing laboratory, dedicated support staff, a specialist dance library and 12 dance studios
  • Graduates use their knowledge to inform their own practice as dancers, teachers, rehersal directors and choreographers

Module include:

  • Research Lab
  • Performance Enhancement: Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology
  • Embodied and Applied Practices
  • Whole Dancer Study
  • Project/Dissertation

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 £10,609 are available for Masters programmes for Sept 2018 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

+44 (0) 20 8305 4444