Dance Practices MA

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,250
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

Course type



Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Whether you are an emerging artist or an established performer, this fabulous new programme enables you to enhance your practice and improve your employability.

  • A 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

Liverpool John Moores University is one of the leading dance institutions in the UK.

The course has an excellent staff to student ratio and a great reputation for pastoral care and support.

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.

You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities. The School offers a creative, inspiring and dynamic environment that challenges student thinking and develops passionate and innovative individuals.

Teaching is provided by both research active staff, with industry experience,and external professionals. This ensures that all courses are in line with current and developing practice. The School’s learning disciplines include Sport, Dance, Outdoor Education, Tourism, Events and Nutrition.

Our expertise in many of these subject areas was recognised in 2006 when we secured £4.85 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop a Centre for Excellence in Leadership and Professional Learning, focusing on sport, exercise, dance and physical activity.

Dance staff have a range of interests which complement their personal and professional dance experiences. Indeed, the programme is supported by the nationally and internationally recognised research of our course tutors.

Industry links

The School works closely with a wide range of public, private and voluntary organisations, including: schools, local authorities, museums, theatres, national dance agencies and independent dance artists. Current partners include: DANCE HE, Merseyside Dance Initiative, DiGM, Cheshire Dance Workshop, Touchdown Dance, DaDa Festival, Leap festival, Taciturn and House of Suarez. Such engagement helps ensure that our courses meet the needs of employers and organisations for skilled graduates.

These partnerships also enable us to offer you unique opportunities for networking, work-related learning, internships and placements.

International connections The School has a large number of international collaborative partners across Europe, the USA and Africa. We recently hosted LJMU’s first Erasmus Intensive Programme.

This two-week event enabled multinational students and staff, working in the diverse field of educational sciences, to engage in intensive learning on the crosscutting themes of globalisation, conflict and education. In Dance we have been working on a telematic enquiry with Temple University (USA), Nova Southeastern University, (USA), Edinburgh Napier University and the Ionian University (Greece)​.

Why study this course at LJMU?

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.

Programme outline and structure

The course has been designed to meet the demands of today’s dance industry, where your research and critical dialogue as a dance artist sit at the heart of the professional learning experience.

The MA Dance Practices course reflects the changing nature of the dance industry. There is now much more emphasis on practice-based collaboration, and advances in technology, in particular, 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.

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.

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.

You may call on your experience as a creative artist/facilitator or have the opportunity to work alongside one of our collaborative partnerships.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7 Core Modules:
  • Research Methods
  • Learning and Managing at MA Level
  • Dance Professional Practice 1 & 2
  • Individually Negotiated Project
  • Final Project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

On-campus blocks of study will enable you to focus on particular modules and then have time to apply this information in the context of your own practice for assessment.

You will also be expected to spend a proportion of your time in independent study, either in traditional research or working towards the presentation of an element of your work in practice.

This type of intensive study and distance learning means that the course will appeal to artists, especially those working internationally, as it enables you to fit your study around your practice and apply your learning immediately. Online learning support will also be available where required.

The degree has an excellent staff to student ratio and a great reputation for pastoral care and support. On-campus specialist dance facilities, IT equipment, classrooms and library facilities enable you to blend the required practical and academic study requirements simultaneously.

​The programme will be assessed using a variety of methods including practical enquiry, work-related enquiry, essays, oral presentations, poster presentations, a viva voce, and, of course, your practice as research-based final project.

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.

Staff research interests

Your tutors are all performers, choreographers and teachers with national and international reputations, who are at the forefront of the latest innovations in dance education.

They have pioneered new ways to teach, facilitate and create dance using new technology. Their strong commitment to working with communities and schools is reflected in the programme.

Liverpool John Moores University is one of the leading dance institutions in the UK and, as a MA Dance Practices student, you will be taught by experienced dance artists and teachers whose own research areas include: choreography/performance, technology, dance science, community/disability arts, somatic practice, intermediality, health and well-being, pedagogy.

Entry requirements (Home)

You should have a minimum 2:2 Honours degree (2:1 preferred), or equivalent. 

If you do not have formal qualifications but do have significant, appropriate work/life experience, you are also encouraged to apply.

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.


6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

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.

The course makes full use of your skills as a practitioner to find ways to align current working practices with future aspirations. Indeed, as an MA student, you may contribute to one of our Projects@LJMU research programmes as part of a peer collaborative research initiative.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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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