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University of Chichester

Chichester , England ,United Kingdom


The MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science is an immersive 12-month full-time programme designed for students with an undergraduate degree in dance or dance science with a particular interest in somatic approaches to dance practice. The interdisciplinary perspective explores the confluence (and potential divergence) of a somatic and scientific approach to dance practice. The programme is aimed at dancers and graduates who have had some experience of dance science and/or somatics but who want to extend their knowledge and studio/applied/experiential practice to gain the necessary skills to pursue a career which may fall within or use expertise in either or both of these disciplines.

On the MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science you will develop an awareness of your own movement potential in terms of structure, function and efficiency from both a somatic and movement science perspective as well as develop the experiential and scholarly language required to reflect and critically document your practice. These specialist skills can be applied in professional, community and educational dance contexts, as a dance artist, pedagogue, practitioner and/or researcher, for example.  Creative, critical and reflective skills, which are integral to this programme, also afford transferability to a range of employment contexts as valued attributes in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

The programme is immersive and demanding in nature, requiring both practical and theoretical enquiry while interrogating first and third person perspectives within dance practice. This approach necessitates a certain maturity, a willingness to delve into complex phenomena, and an acceptance of periods of uncertainty and ‘not-knowing/unknowing’. Specialist tutors delivering across the modules will guide you through this experience via your weekly sessions and with one-to-one tutorial support, as required. Alongside the module-specific tutors, a range of departmental and University-wide academic and pastoral support is also available.

The core modules offer focussed learning in Scientific Principles of Practice, Awareness in Motion, Examining Practice: Subjective Perspectives, along with Dissertation.  In addition to the core modules, you may select three optional modules to support and complement your studies.  Optional modules include Technical Dance Practice, Improvisation in Professional Contexts, Pedagogical Approaches, Awareness in Performance, Applied Dance Science: Case Study and Principles of Motor Learning for Dance.

Campus Information

Bishop Otter Campus

Our Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester is set in beautiful surroundings with plenty of relaxing green space and a combination of attractive, historic buildings and excellent modern facilities. Back in 1839, the campus was founded by William Otter, Bishop of Chichester. 180 years later, the University still retains a strong sense of history as original parts still remain. Chichester is a beautiful city which offers a wealth of history and culture. It has many historical places to discover such as Chichester Cathedral, Market Cross and Chichester City Walls. Alongside its history, Chichester is surrounded by breath-taking sandy beaches with East and West Wittering beaches only 20 minutes away from campus. The South Downs National Park begins just 1.5 miles from our Chichester campus. From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park's landscapes cover 1,600km² of breath-taking views and hidden gems. With Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton all under an hour away, the University of Chichester is perfectly placed for exploring the south coast.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

We’re a friendly and professional team, dedicated to helping students and graduates to plan their futures, to learn about the world of work and meet employers.

There are many ways employers may get involved with the University and meet the talent of our students and graduates. 

The Careers and Employability team can help with finding work or postgraduate study, developing connections and skills, going freelance or starting a business.  We’ll assist with searching for jobs, choosing a career, completing and sharpening an application form or CV.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years PSW is applicable after the course.(Bachelors & Masters only)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


Bachelor of Arts / Science / Commerce from a central university, recognised state university

A centre of advanced study, 3 or 4 years duration– Minimum 50% Average percentage of final 2 years result used.
MPhil or PhD

The normal requirement for an MPhil is a good honours degree (First or Upper-Second class) or a relevant Masters degree. For a PhD the normal entry requirement is an MPhil.

Chichester runs a Pre-PhD Research Study Programme whereby applicants register for six tutorials at low cost in order to carry out various feasibility studies, including some testing of interest, materials, methods and resolve.

International applicants need IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) for most postgraduate programmes.

(You can join our Pre-Master's programme with IELTS 5.5 and progress to MSc International Business. Social Work and PGCE programmes require IELTS 7.0).

Degree: honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.