• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Do you have a passion for dance and performance? Would you like to use the power of dance in educational and health settings or for the benefit of the wider community? Then this innovative Dance and Movement Studies Joint Honours programme from University of Derby is for you.

  • Take your first steps towards an exciting career in roles such as community dance artist, dance movement therapist or arts administrator
  • Engage with academic staff who already work in the dance industry, bringing the latest trends and ideas into their teaching
  • Put your skills into practice with opportunities for work placements in charity, arts, health, social care and educational settings
  • Extend your repertoire thanks to our strong links with Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the region
  • Showcase your choreography skills through public performances.

Develop your understanding of the body, dance and movement – and gain the skills to work creatively with others to foster self-discovery, wellbeing and communication.

In-depth knowledge, broad experience

You’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of dance and movement, building your abilities in choreography and improvisation as the basis of studio practice. At first you’ll work individually and then in small groups, culminating in a public performance.

A key focus of this course is on the health and social aspects of dance and movement. You’ll consider the impact of disability, gender and society, looking at how dance can bring people together to promote inclusion. You’ll also explore different cultural perspectives of dance and movement, including the chance to apply eastern beliefs to your practice.

Through optional modules you can study the structure and function of the human body, discover how people develop creatively and undertake your own research into dance and movement.  

Strong professional links

Our flourishing partnership with Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, will open doors for you. It gives you the chance to engage with Déda’s exceptional programme of dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work. This could include opportunities to attend performances and technique classes and to take part in dance development projects which are helping Déda to strengthen its community profile and reach new audiences.

Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could undertake a placement or internship. Our students have enjoyed vital work experience with cultural organisations such as Déda, with charities and with hospital arts co-ordinators. Some return to their former schools to harness dance and movement in ways which promote young people’s personal development.


Studying Dance and Movement Studies paves the way to a wide range of career paths including artistic practice, community dance and roles with arts organisations. As part of the course, you’ll receive advice on career opportunities, CV building and promoting your transferable skills to potential employers.

Our former students are now enjoying success as community dance artists, dance movement therapists, art administrators or even running their own dance organisations. A number of graduates have pursued performance opportunities in dance, working with established companies while furthering their vocational studies.

Some graduates go on to further study including masters qualifications in the science of dance and somatics. You could consider studying a PGCE to gain qualified teacher status so that you can teach dance in primary or secondary schools.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description
      • Up to 6 years.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dance Making: Physicality, Choreography and Technique
  • Dance Making: Choreography as Creative Story
  • The Moving Body
  • The Mindful Body
  • Dance, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Applied Arts Project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • UCAS points: 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) - The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • UK/EU Part-time fees: £1,155 per module

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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