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Dance Philosophy and History MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Philosophy Dance History

Course type


Course Summary

This programme offers an in-depth, critical exploration of concepts, assumptions and theories underlying dance practice. You will gain an in-depth understanding of dance in the context of philosophy and history and you will learn to debate with critical insight issues of concern within dance and movement analysis. You will also develop your critical thinking on dance practices and issues from philosophical and historical perspectives. The programme incorporates Anglo-American Analytic as well as Continental schools of Philosophy; and Realist-Empiricist as well as Poststructuralist approaches to History. Recognising the renewed interest in historical and philosophical enquiry by current dance scholarship and practice, this programme helps emerging and experienced dance practitioners and scholars locate their work effectively within philosophical and historical approaches for the advanced study of dance.

Different course options

Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This is a research-based module in which students design and conduct a research project on a topic of their own choosing. Their findings are presented, contextualised and critically discussed in a thesis. The thesis also locates the research in relation to current issues, developments and perspectives in the dance studies discipline. It may be accompanied by a DVD or video if the student elects to complete a practice-based project. This module provides an opportunity for students to pursue a particular interest, related to the material covered on the taught programme, but which also extends beyond or significantly deepens the knowledge acquired in other modules. The Dissertation promotes independent thinking and originality in the application of existing paradigms and/or the development of new knowledge. It develops and tests students' understanding of research methods, their cognitive skills in synthesising and evaluating data, and practical skills in information searching, data handling and research management.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners.

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