De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Dance and Performance Studies

DMU has been producing quality dance research for two decades. Its standards of international excellence were recognised by RAE 2008 for choreography while research in "innovative performance practices of the 20th and 21st centuries and socio-historical/ethnographic research into popular culture" was identified as world leading. DanceResearch@DMU brings together dance researchers with a range of interests and includes two research professors. Dance research produces internationally excellent and relevant research, which includes research on dance historiography; dance ethnography; dance pedagogy; the practice and theory of radical dance practice; practice as research. It is recognised in publications, research positions, performances and citations. The group also contribute to dance's international profile through peer reviewed articles, book chapters, editorial boards, conference and symposium organisation.

Entry requirements

For the MPhil: at least an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a British university or equivalent academic or professional qualifications; international qualifications may also be acceptable; for direct entry to the PhD: UK Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, which should have been awarded within 5 years prior to application, including a component dealing with research methods; an equivalent academic or professional qualification, including international qualifications, may be acceptable.

Course modules

The dance and drama research group specialisms include: innovative performance practices; pedagogic research in dance; renaissance theatre; interrogating embodied performance; popular dance and drama; historic/ethno/autography's of performance; live art; contemporary performance practice; renaissance theatre/Shakespeare; 19th and 20th century popular theatre; language and performance; 20th century women's theatre; theoretical and methodological approaches foreground: poststructuralist theory, ethnography, history, cultural studies, textual analysis, technology and pedagogy.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Variable October 2016 - 3 years
MA (Res) Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
MA (Res) Part-time October 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Variable October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus Leicester LE1 9BH East Midlands

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Key information

Graduate School Office
Telephone number: 
0116 250 6199