MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Why choose this course?
- Build your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and use your creativity to promote self-expression.
- Develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
- Study a course accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK)
- Learn the latest theory and practice from experienced and enthusiastic staff.
Course code: MB9CN
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: two years
Campus: Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill sites, Derby Campus
College: College of Health and Social Care
This course is available to international students
About this course
Professionally accredited course
This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning the most up to date thinking on dance movement psychotherapy. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a dance movement psychotherapist.
Build your experience
This degree aims to build up your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and encourages you to use your creative skills to promote self-expression. It will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as the taught components, you’ll take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or within a group setting. This is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist - 80 hours over two years. This is an extra cost to the course.
We welcome guest speakers who offer perspectives on both international and national approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on placements, and study overseas on an Erasmus exchange.
Understand theory and practice
It’s important to understand the history of dance movement psychotherapy, from the early pioneers through to the current thinking. You’ll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of the art form and the importance of improvisation, creativity, and play.
You’ll use and reflect on psychotherapeutic theory, while considering the implications for placement and practice.
The somatic understanding in psychotherapeutic practice is essential to the understanding of dance and movement practice. You’ll also explore anatomy and physiology, which are essential to your understanding of movement and its relevance for psychotherapy through experiential mediums in arts practice and in particular dance.
We have excellent facilities, including a dance studio and enjoy cooperation and commonality with the other arts therapies.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
What you will cover
You’ll study modules such as:
Clinical Placement and Supervision
Placement modules are an important component of your development; you’ll study them over two years, beginning with this module. You will apply your learning in clinical settings and deepen your understanding through supervision and reflection on your practice. You will learn the process of negotiation with other professionals and the particular way that you develop through the placement as a professional and will discuss the issues of working in particular contexts.
Clinical Supervision and Advanced Practice
During this module, you’ll build on your placement experience. You will develop your own personal style based on reflective practice, identifying and justifying your interventions. This module develops your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and helps you consider how your ideas can be developed for research and practice.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Research, Theory and Skills
This module covers theoretical and practical skills in models of working and research. You’ll study anthropological and sociological aspects of dance movement psychotherapy and its historical, contemporary, and cultural context. There will be practical and experiential ways of exploring this module.
Experiential: Group Skills
In a group setting that includes tutors, you’ll explore your emotional responses and use of movement and dance to gain a better understanding of both your own and your clients’ reactions. There will be use of props and developing your ideas through journaling and visual understanding.
Independent Scholarship: The Body Of Work
During this triple module, you’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work. You will use your own responses to clinical issues and develop your thinking and practice over a whole year using performance and the understanding and personal responses to the therapeutic relationship. The end of the module celebrates your own journey through dance and its relationship to other sensory experience with a performance.
Movement Observation and Analysis
You’ll look at the role of improvisation and its relationship to movement analysis and the use of movement as a psychotherapeutic intervention. You will learn about your own personal movement preference and the way that you relate through understanding the significance of the movement.
Psyche-Soma: The Body–Mind Relationship
During this module, you’ll study the relationship of body and mind, examining the effects of the mind on the body, and the role of the body in psychotherapeutic work.
You'll need a relevant undergraduate degree and at least two years experience of dance and movement.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.
If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0.
- How to apply
Fees and finance
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£800 per 20 credits*
£12,000 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
You will meet the following members of staff:
- Dr Jill Bunce - Programme leader - specialising in the body and mind relationship in Parkinsons’ Disease ; body image; cultural diverse practice; dance performance; educational psychotherapy
- Talia Padilla - specialising in cancer in children; body image; Kestenberg movement analysis; education issues
- Paul Ricketts - specialising in somatic practice and Gestalt practice
- Jackie Waltz - specialising in dance movement psychotherapy in diverse and cultural communities; German expressionism and its relationship to Laban analysis; body of work.
How you're assessed
You will receive clear guidelines upon the nature of assessment for each module when you start. Generally modules are assessed through the submission of written work aimed at demonstrating that you have met the learning outcomes for that module.
The clinical placements are assessed though the submission of reports completed by the Clinical Placement Supervisor. These are then discussed with you and the University Supervisor. You will also have to write a case study which will show how you have approached your work on placement.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Therapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
You can develop practice in health, education and in the community and later supervise, lecture and research in the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with reflection and research ideas.
- Simone Heyland is working in consultancy in special education
- Ally Vulli is working with Purple Patch Arts
- Kiera Stevenson is working in neuro rehabilitation
- Catherine Clissett is working in special education
- Cecelia Willis is working with refugees and women's issues
- Niki Sofianopoulo is working in Greece as a practitioner.
What our students say
"This course has absolutely changed my life, not just through doing the training, but also through looking towards getting work after I leave. That's something the tutors really do focus on."
Alison Vulli, graduate
“The course leader, Jill Bunce, was a saviour. She saw what support I needed and worked with it, nurturing and supporting me along the way. This course has transformed my belief in being able to achieve a Masters alongside my other commitments such as raising a family.” Read Simone's story here.
Simone Heyland, graduate
“I am currently working in Mexico at the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara, in the palliative care of children aged 1-18 with cancer. I have focused my work here around body image, since it is common for these children to feel disconnected to their body, especially those who have undergone limb amputation.” Read Talia's story here.
Talia Padilla, graduate
"I feel fortunate to study at the University of Derby and having had the opportunity to do my summer placement in Greece, under the supervision of the well-established Psychoanalyst, Family Therapist, and Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Dimitrios Zaxos. This helped me immensely in working in a multi-cultural environment and in applying the skills and knowledge I had learned on the course.
In the future, I would like to go back to Greece and extend my clinical practice there - what better way than being prepared for that through a placement?"
Niki Sofianopoulou, Greek student