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Professional Practice, Somatic Studies MA

Professional Practice, Somatic Studies MA

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Dance Dance Teaching / Training

Course type


Course Summary

This is a highly flexible online distance learning MA designed for movement practitioners whose professional practice is rooted in dance but also straddles other areas of movement enquiry. This course has been developed specially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional practice and expertise with academic learning. Building on the success of the MA Professional Practice, Dance Technique Pedagogy (the first programme of its kind in the country) this unique MA combines critical reflection and individual practice at one of the UK’s top Universities for dance practice and research. You’ll have the flexibility to shape your studies around work commitments so that you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners. Your practice is placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your findings applicable within the profession and of value to colleagues, employers and students.

This course is taught through distance learning. Students are advised to set aside at least one day a week to complete the appropriate reading, research, practical and written assignments required at each level of the course. Contact is normally maintained by email, Skype and phone as well as optional campus-based tutorials, and every module has a detailed module handbook. On completion of this course, you will benefit from an academic qualification (MA) that demonstrates advanced academic standing, including practice as research skills. You will have the ability to articulate the range of practice based and theoretical ideas involved in your own practice as well as in terms of larger world contexts. You will have experience developing and carrying out practice based, academic research. You will also have an internationally recognised qualification that may allow recognition of your pedagogical experience and/or that you can use to pursue teaching positions in educational and higher educational institutions.


In this module, you will choose an area of somatic practice to research in-depth and explore any existing work related to your chosen subject. This is a chance for you to not only explore your own work but to look at the work of other practitioners and researchers, and explore new paths for your practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Part-time taught credit: £65. Part-time students: £32.50 per dissertation credit

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Part-time taught credit: £65. Part-time students: £32.50 per dissertation credit

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students do not need a degree to be considered for this course but should have equivalent professional practice-based experience. Students must be a dance teacher or dance artist engaging in teaching practice. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.

University information

Middlesex is a campus university based in leafy North London only 25 minutes from the buzz of central London. It has been excelling in teaching for over 130 years and boasts international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. Their industry led, contemporary courses and practice-based teaching will help you to excel in the job market and become a leader in your field. Middlesex’s teaching is informed by the needs of industry, so you’ll develop the...more

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