Taught course

Dance Movement Psychotherapy

University of Derby · College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

You'll need a relevant undergraduate degree and at least two years’ experience of dance and movement and have worked with a vulnerable population(s) for 200 hours.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding.

Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK so you can be confident that you’ll be learning the most up to date thinking on Dance Movement Psychotherapy. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.

Why choose this course?

  • Build your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and use your creativity to promote self-expression.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
  • Learn the latest theory and practice from experienced and enthusiastic staff.

How you'll learn

This course will encourage you to build on your knowledge, experience and creative expression whilst developing new skills within the field of clinical Dance Movement Psychotherapy. You will be guided by the principles that underlie humanistic and integrative psychotherapy while creatively exploring self-expression through body, movement and dance.

Lectures will incorporate presentations, reflexive discussion and experiential aspects. You will consider the relationship between theory and practice, becoming familiar with the most up to date research and applying learned theories and methods within your clinical placement. You will be supported through weekly tutorials and supervision sessions; these will assist you in developing your ideas and considering critical perspectives when reflecting on your work. Assessments will vary to encourage your creativity and reflective process; these include presentations, video production, facilitation and written critiques.

As well as the taught modular components, you will engage in personal therapy throughout the course. This can be individual therapy or within a group setting. 80 hours of personal therapy, at an additional cost to your course fees, is a requirement for professional registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. We feel confident that you will appreciate the personal and professional benefits of this therapy as a means of support and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process.

We welcome guest speakers and offer perspectives on international, national and global approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on clinical placements and develop local and global networks. It is also possible to present your ideas at conferences as well as develop your research ideas.


You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). This requires completion of the expected training hours and fulfilling all the hours of personal therapy.

You can develop practice in health, education and in the community and later supervise, lecture and research in the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with critical reflection and research ideas.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,550 for the full course
International students

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1332 591044