Entry requirements

The standard requirement is a 2:1 honours degree in any relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is usually required. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully. Admission is by written application and interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each band or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Deepen and extend your own professional practice in relation to current bodies of knowledge within the widening dance professions. Our Master’s course is intended for practitioners from a range of dance fields and aims to reflect developments in practice-based research and current dance practices. It is designed for those who wish to extend their own creative potential and scholarly inquiry, and develop skills and knowledge through dance/art making and performance.

Why Study Dance with us?

This course celebrates the dance practitioner across the wider dance community. The course aims to weave critical inquiry with creative freedom, thereby building your self-confidence in developing your practice and research in the context of current debates.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • attend guest workshops, lectures, performance opportunities and seminars
  • work alongside professional artists and researchers
  • be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary research culture
  • work in excellent studios, performance spaces, IT facilities and learning resources.

All staff specialisms appear at: www.chester.ac.uk/departments/performing-arts/staff

How will I be taught?

Teaching takes place in the School of Arts and Media. Creative Campus, Kingsway offers 6,920 square metres of floor space, including a 200-seat lecture theatre; dance and performance studios; a learning resource centre; subject-specific IT labs housing 200 Macs and PCs; and two catering outlets.

Modes of learning include: lectures, practical studio-based workshops, presentations, seminars, performances, and one-to-one tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via: critically informed practical presentations; performances/practical pieces (with accompanying oral examination); written work; analytical documentation of performances/practical work; portfolios of written and visual evidence; and objects and other traces of performance.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Performing Arts