Designed to embrace a wide range of interests, this postgraduate course offers bespoke learning and professional opportunities based on students’ individual practice.
The programme is designed to apply practice-led enquiry to advance students’ current embodied practices and previous experience as professional practitioners. The course invites students to apply rigorous research processes that address the practical, artistic, cultural, social and political implications of dance in the sector. This course is validated by the University of Kent.
The course is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years, in order to accommodate professional working schedules and allow for the gradual deepening of dance-related practices. The programme is designed to be flexible and meet the needs of students who may be learning whilst working. Scroll to see the FAQs or to find out more, please get in touch to start a conversation.
‘This course should be mandatory for all artists! That’s the only way we can have more thoughtful dancers who don’t just do what they’re told without question, but maybe challenge and think about the potential impact of their work’.
– Company dancer
We recognise that while the industry is paused amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to collaborate and professionally develop.
The programme is studied part-time over two years and divided into two stages. Stage 1 comprises modules to a total of 120 credits and Stage 2 comprises a 60 credit dissertation module. Students must successfully complete each module in order to be awarded the specified number of credits for that module, and successfully complete the dissertation module to be awarded an MA Dance Research for Professional Practitioners.
Module overview and specification:
Module 1: Thinking Dance Through its Practice: Research Methodologies
By introducing a range of research methodologies and theoretical perspectives relevant to research in dance, this module will encourage students to examine the ways in which dance is contextualised through historical / artistic / philosophical / socio-political frameworks.
Module 2: Activating and Documenting Research Experiments in Dance
This module facilitates the development of the ‘thinking practitioner’ by deepening their awareness and understanding of embodied thought. Through a series of guided, studio-based, research experiments students will have the opportunity to review any current dance practice, as well as prior learning, that contributed to their professional experience, whilst developing their understanding of practice-led research methodologies.
Module 3: Reflective Practice in Action
This Reflexive Practice based module will offer a platform for students to identify and develop a range of research strategies in relation to the integration of embodied and theoretical knowledge. By developing a series of devised research experiments students will research, observe, critique, reflect upon and document their practice-led explorations in either an independent or collaborative setting.
Module 4: Advanced Research Enquiry (Year 1 and 2)
This module provides the opportunity for the conception, planning, and completion of a research project around the students’ personal research interests. This can include practice-based exploration and/or theoretical enquiry. Whilst creating a single focus for the project, students will collect, analyse and evaluate data, articulate research within both a professional and an academic framework through dissemination to the chosen field of practice.
Module 5: Dissertation (Year 2)
In the Dissertation Module students will activate their research proposal for an Independent Research Project submitted in Module 4 (Advanced Research Enquiry). With their dissertation mentors students will fine-tune a research plan for the 6 month period of research and subsequently implement and complete a research programme appropriate to the research topic. The research element of the dissertation will be performative in part.
The course fees are the same fee for all students – UK, EU or International.
Useful links for financial support for postgraduate students:
ESOL candidates must have an average 6.5 in IELTs test, minimum 6.0 in reading and writing to enrol on this programme.
Students can access the Rambert School Language Tutors on a one-to-one basis for additional language support.
Benefit from the well-established relationships Rambert School have to offer with leading companies and industry practitioners across dance and academic circles. The programme offers:
The programme will be taught in the form of a Masters in Research using practice-led enquiry as a central research methodology. The programme aims to offer a bespoke experience for each learner, offering flexibility to fit with the students’ personal and professional interests/practice.
The programme will be delivered through a flexible mixed teaching and learning model including:
Work-based learning is not provided by Rambert School for this programme, but study on the programme does embrace the current or recent working practice of the student. The students on this programme will ideally have accrued professional experience in their field of dance (or cognate) practice of 3 years. This programme has a directed focus on professional practice, where the student’s working experiences within the sector are the basis for their individual Practice Led Enquiry and research.
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.
Once you meet the entry requirements you can fill out an application form. The form includes personal details, personal statement, work experience, education and an equal opportunities section. With this form you will need to submit an essay, full details are on the below page. Stage 2 is an interview in person or online.
For How to Apply and Entry Criteria see Apply to MA Dance Research for Professional Practitioners
For further information about the programme contact the Postgrad team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
View all Policies & Procedures and Terms & Conditions for MA Dance Research at Rambert School here.
Provisional term dates:
October 2020 – October 2022