Taught course

Dance Science

University of Bedfordshire · Division of Media, Arts and Performance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Interview You will be invited to attend an interview and will be accepted to the programme on the strength of your application form and interview. If you are unable to travel, interviews can be conducted online or by telephone


Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This course will provide you with an intellectually challenging programme of advanced study, examining dance practice from physiological and biomechanical perspectives. You will apply science to the notion of optimising dance using laboratory-based and psychological methods, with access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment, large dance studios and excellent learning resources. Explore your own interests through elective units covering areas like nutrition, public health and performance analyis, combined with a unique opportunity to collaborate with students across a range of disciplines, to create a distinct study and research pathway preparing you for a sustainable career in dance science.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

  • Study with staff with strong academic and practice backgrounds in dance and sport science research, dance making, performance and leadership
  • Explore current research across dance, sport and exercise disciplines as you select study units in line with your own interests, and choose whether to focus on the role of dance in public health or on elite participation
  • Develop your practical skills using excellent on-campus facilities for dance and exercise science training, including the Sport Science Laboratories and Human Performance Unit, and the professionally equipped 280 seat theatre, theatre studio and suite of dance studios
  • Gain access to a wide range of elective units thanks to a unique partnership allowing you to work alongside students on sport, exercise and behaviour courses across the University
  • Benefit from a degree that develops you as a competent and rigorous dance scientist able to work holistically with recreational, vocational and professional dancers, and prepares you for roles including dance scientist practitioner, teacher, choreographer and dance artist or to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees

Career opportunities

You will be directly engaged in the context of applied dance science employment, by replicating the demands of the workplace in seminar tasks and assessments (e.g. presentations, testing, creating scientific posters).

You will have the opportunity to volunteer with staff research and are encouraged to attend relevant conferences and events that provide additional knowledge and networking opportunities.

Gain enhanced employability through experience of real-life dance environments, such as professional performance and touring in the University Dance Company

Explore exciting creative opportunities for interaction with other disciplines: dance and the screen, dance and new media/emerging digital technologies, dance and leadership, and dance and entrepreneurship.

Areas of study may include:

  • Research Methods
  • The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology
  • The Dancing Body I: Dance Physiology
  • The Dancing Body II: Dance Biomechanics
  • Dance Research Project/Dissertation
  • Inter-professional Working Project
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Performance Analysis
  • Physical Activity, Nutrition and Metabolic Health
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Psychological Approaches to Public Health
  • Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers
  • Somatic Practice
  • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations

Information for international students

Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements at: www.beds.ac.uk/english-language

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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