An Innovative MA to inspire Professional Dance Practitioners.
Designed to embrace a wide range of interests, this postgraduate course offers bespoke learning and professional opportunities based on students’ individual practice.
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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. If you require the application form in a different format, (not pdf) get in touch with us.
‘I would encourage everyone to engage with this course, especially practicing professional dancers, like myself. What the MA gifted to me, was an opportunity to just stop. It allowed me to take those moments to reflect, to understand myself, my practice and thus move forwards in my career with more clarity.’
– Rambert School MA graduate
‘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’.
– Rambert School MA practitioner
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.
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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.
Professional experience requirement
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.
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.
To make an application for this programme, applicants will be required to submit the following:
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)
The Stage 2 process will involve an interview with the candidate either in person or online to accommodate the candidate.
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 2023 – October 2025