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Dance Philosophy and History

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Philosophy History Dance

Course type


Course Summary


This postgraduate programme is unique in the UK context, investigating the important interconnections between philosophy, history and dance.

Taught by leading experts in a truly international study environment, you will engage in critical explorations of the philosophical and historical frameworks which underpin dance study and practice.

Our exciting programme draws on different branches of philosophy, including the continental and analytic schools, a range of approaches to dance history, and contemporary critical theory. It will introduce you to key areas of study such as aesthetics, the ethics of dance, phenomenology, restaging and re-enactment, questions of authenticity, and dance as cultural history, with theorists ranging from Descartes to Foucault among others. The programme will also equip you with transferable skills across the arts and humanities.

Career options

Graduates' options span a range of careers in dance, including producers and curators of arts projects, community dance practitioners, arts managers, teachers, or further doctoral study. The programme also develops transferable skills, opening further opportunities in other fields and professions. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.


This module explores the character and potential of different methodological approaches, with a particular emphasis on the nature and value of historical and philosophical enquiry, for the postgraduate study of dance. Drawing on analytic and continental philosophy, history, and strands of contemporary critical theory, the module develops an in-depth, critical exploration of different concepts, assumptions and theories underlying and informing dance practice and discourse. The module also proposes a philosophical investigation of the nature of dance as art, choreography and the body, and of history and embodiment. Maintaining that the way in which we conceptualise these phenomena is central to the character and parameters of dance research, the module addresses some of the fundamental issues for engaging with dance intellectually and also pursues the legacies of these issues as the drivers of the future development of dance scholarship

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Entry requirements

Applicants with a 2:2 or better at undergraduate level will be accepted. Some professional experience is preferred.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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