University of Roehampton

University of Roehampton

Dance Anthropology

Attain the knowledge and tools to open a window into dance in any period and in any part of the world. Explore the place of dance in society from the perspectives of those involved as dancers, dance makers, teachers and/or audience members. By studying these perspectives, you will learn how different people around the world understand dance and how dance influences their value-systems. One of six Masters programmes, MA Dance Anthropology investigates dance from a non-Eurocentric perspective, placing the practices and values of the dancers into socio-cultural and comparative understanding. It will interest you if you wish to study non-Western, folk, social, or ritual dance practices, but the approach can be applied to ballet or Western theatre dance, too. This course provides a way to contextualise dance practice and deepen your understanding of dance as a unique species specific practice that shapes our humanity.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a degree in dance or the social sciences (accompanied with practical dance experience) at 2nd Class Honours or above. Applications from candidates with at least 7 years of professional experience, however, are also welcomed. Prospective students for whom English is not their 1st language need to provide evidence of English language ability as stipulated in the postgraduate entry requirements for the University.

Sponsorship information

Scholarship scheme for outstanding students; EU students may apply to the Arts and Humanities Research board for full remission of fees and a maintenance grant.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MA Full-time - 1 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
MA Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Froebel College Wandsworth SW15 5PJ South East

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Office