MA Dance Practices

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

About this course

Whether you are an emerging artist or an established performer, this LJMU Dance Practices MA enables you to enhance your practice and improve your employability.

  • Enrol on this highly flexible programme enabling emerging artists and established professionals to engage in critical debate and dialogue
  • Benefit from a programme that links theory, work-based practice and artistic/educational policies, bringing together professional practice and academic studies 
  • Carry out research appropriate to your area of expertise or explore another sector which interests you
  • Enjoy a combination of on-campus and distance learning 

It is estimated that the dance economy in the UK alone employs around 200,000 people as dancers, teachers and choreographers. In addition to this, many work as community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics.

This MA Dance practices course is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification, appealing to the UK and international student market. It is aimed at established professionals and emerging artists/facilitators working within the cultural or creative industries.


By shaping your identity (through options), the programme will help you to develop your practice-led critical expertise in national/international creative and/or pedagogical practice. This can be implemented in various contexts in your field or specialism. 

You will also develop further insight and independent research skills that can help you advance your professional or academic career in dance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Home (full-time, per year):


Home (per credit):


International (full-time, per year):


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Placements and work-related learning give you an invaluable opportunity to lead a series of learning initiatives and practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired on the course, whilst also gaining new skills. These experiences will add value to your CV and boost your employability in a competitive job market.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Dance Professional Practice 1
30 credits

This module enables you to follow your own investigation into dance making. It aims to interrogate your creative practice and define your individual focus of artistic endeavour.

Dance Professional Practice 2
30 credits

This module aims to build on Dance Professional Practice 1 by enabling you to further investigate your professional practice from the position of the dance creator or the dance facilitator.

Learning & Managing at Masters Level
10 credits

This module aims to equip you with the conceptual frameworks and the learning skills necessary for Masters study.

Independent Negotiated Project
30 credits

This module enables you to present an individually-designed piece of work.

Final Project
60 credits

This module consolidates your learning on the MA programme. You will undertake an in-depth research study relating to a problem, enquiry or artistic/creative topic in the area of dance. You can engage with this substantial final research enquiry/project through practice and/or more traditional academic research. You will be fully supported during this module.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You can study full or part-time via discreet intense learning blocks (likely to take place in early September, December, April and June/July/August). This mode of delivery enables you to apply what you learn in the on-campus lectures to professional contexts. There are appropriate opportunities for distance learning, individual support mechanisms and online learning platforms, enabling you, as a student, to draw from your own working practices.

Teaching methods

The MA Dance Practices course reflects the changing nature of the dance industry. There is now much more emphasis on practice-based collaboration, whilst advances in technology mean that artists need to be open to new approaches to dance.

You will carry out a piece of in-depth research and develop skills to work largely independently with support from a supervisor. The programme has strong links with collaborative arts, community and educational partnerships. You can choose to specialise within your own area of expertise, or diversify your research study into other areas of artistic practice. 

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The programme differs from many other Masters programmes by bringing together postgraduate student artists from a range of sectors in the dance industry to enhance educational progress. The mix of professionals, from the sector, ensures a dynamic learning environment. By sharing your professional experiences, you will learn from each other as well as your tutors.

Applied learning

You can call on your experience as a creative artist/facilitator or work alongside one of our collaborative partnerships.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this programme includes practical enquiry, work-related enquiry, essays, oral presentations, poster presentations, a viva voce, and, of course, your practice and research-based dissertation. You can focus your research and practice in areas such as: performance, composition, choreography, pedagogy, intermediality, dance science, somatic practice, community, disability arts and improvisation.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based at the IM Marsh campus in leafy Aigburth, the programme offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment. On-campus specialist dance facilities, IT equipment, classrooms and library facilities enable you to blend the required practical and academic study requirements simultaneously.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree (2:1 preferred)


  • significant, appropriate work/life experience

Additional information:

  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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