Apply for MA Dance Research for Professional Practitioners

Admission to the programme is via a two-stage admissions process and candidates must meet all Entry Criteria and then complete Stage 1 of the application in order to progress to Stage 2 of the process (see How to Apply below).

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In exceptional circumstances, where applicants do not meet the academic requirements, comparable vocational training and/or experience, supported by satisfactory testimonials, may be considered in lieu of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree, or alongside a degree with a classification below 2:1.  In these instances, the candidate’s whole academic and professional profile will be taken into consideration in reviewing the application against this entry criterion.

  • Candidates must normally be engaged or have been engaged as a practitioner within a professional context, in dance or cognate disciplines (i.e. Company, Theatre, Conservatoire, School) and normally hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum 2:1 classification.
  • Professional experience (normally at least 3 years) is a prerequisite for this programme.

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Stage 1

To make an application for this programme, applicants should submit the following by email to

And either:

Part A – Undergraduate Essay at Level 6
Please attach an essay or final dissertation from prior undergraduate study that demonstrates academic writing with evidence of research. This does not need to have a specifc dance focus and can be from another area of undergraduate study.
Part B – Reflective Report
Please attach a supporting report that demonstrates your personal interest in a current area of research, study, performance. This could include,
• Case Study of a choreographic project
• Review of personal performance project
• Report in relation to a teaching position, and specific area of dance education
This element of the application process is used to demonstrate your proficiency and suitability to study at MA level in relation to written and research skills

Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Stage 2

The Stage 2 process will involve an interview with the candidate either in person or online to accommodate the candidate.

Entry Criteria

Professional experience requirement

  • Normally at least 3 years’ professional experience in a practitioner capacity in any field of dance and/or within a professional dance context (e.g. Company, Theatre, Conservatoire, School).

Education Requirement

  • Hold an undergraduate bachelor’s (BA) degree with a 2.1 minimum classification.

Age: Requirement

  • The minimum age to study this programme is normally 21. There is no upper age limit for entry to this programme.

Language:  Requirement

  • ESOL candidates must have an average 6.5 in IELTs test, minimum 6.0 in reading and writing to enrol on this programme.

Students may be admitted to the programme with advanced standing in line with the University’s standard APECL requirements. Such cases are subject to prior approval by the University of Kent according to its Accreditation of Prior Learning process, full details HERE.

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