Dance Science - MSc

About the course

This course provides an intellectually stimulating programme of study, examining dance practice from physiological, psychological and biomechanical perspectives.

You will apply science to the notion of optimising dance using laboratory-based and psychological methods, with access to cutting-edge laboratory equipment, large dance studios and excellent learning resources.

Explore your own interests through elective units covering areas including nutrition, public health and performance analysis, where you can collaborate with students across a range of disciplines. This unique opportunity will allow you to create a distinct study and research pathway preparing you for a sustainable career in dance science.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Students have joined us from around the world on the MSc Dance Science to immerse themselves in new theoretical concepts, experiment with equipment and diversify their career options.

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Dance Science - MSc - Bedford Campus

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study with established academics in dance and sport science, exercise and health, dance making, performance and leadership
  • Explore current research across dance, sport and exercise disciplines as you select study units in line with your own interests
  • Choose whether to focus on the role of dance in public health or on performance enhancement among elite participants
  • Work alongside students on sport, exercise and behaviour, and dance courses across the University
  • Develop your practical skills using excellent on-campus facilities for dance and exercise science training, including the Sport Science Laboratories and Human Performance Unit, the suite of large dance studios,and the professionally equipped 280-seat theatre
  • Benefit from a degree that develops you as a competent and rigorous dance scientist and prepares you for roles including dance scientist practitioner, researcher, lecturer,or to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees

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Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Core units
  • Research Methods
  • The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology
  • The Dancing Body I: Dance Physiology
  • The Dancing Body II: Dance Biomechanics
  • Dance Research Project/Dissertation
  • Inter-professional Working Project
Optional units
  • Physical Activity, Nutrition and Metabolic Health
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Psychological Approaches to Public Health
  • Professional Skills for Healthcare Providers
  • Somatic Practice
  • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
  • Talent Identification and Development in Dance and Sport
  • Performance Analysis

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How will I be assessed?

There is a range of summative assessments used on the course. Written assessments include writing lab reports and journal articles, assessing your research design, analytical and written communication skills. These also identify your level of attainment regarding synthesising and understanding published theory, adherence to academic and scientific conventions, structuring arguments and the clarity and logic of your writing for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Other assessment formats include presentations, practical exams, and case study reports. This range of assessments replicates the various activities undertaken by dance scientists to prepare you for the workplace.

Entry requirements

  • Interview

You will be invited to attend an interview and will be accepted to the programme on the strength of your application form and interview. If you are unable to travel, interviews can be conducted online or by telephone.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will be directly engaged in the context of applied dance science employment, by replicating the demands of the workplace in seminar tasks and assessments (e.g. presentations, testing, creating scientific posters).

You will have the opportunity to volunteer with staff research and are encouraged to attend relevant conferences and events that provide additional knowledge and networking opportunities.

Tailor the course to your own interests and career aims through the optional units available.

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing.

Your kit should include:

  • Appropriate exercise clothing
  • Loose outer wear for various activities

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

Benefit from excellent on-campus facilities for dance training, dance making and performance including a professionally-equipped 280-seat theatre, a theatre studio and a suite of dance studios.

How to Apply

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