Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£950 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 for the full programme (2020/21)

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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 course 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.

There are tutorials available each week, which will assist in developing your ideas and developing your reflections on your work and understanding the relationship between theory and practice and 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. It is also a means of support and understanding the process of psychotherapy. This is an extra cost to the course.

We welcome guest speakers and offer perspectives on both international and national and global approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on placements, and develop local and global networks. It is possible to present your ideas at conferences and develop your research ideas.

Understand theory and practice

It’s important to understand the roots 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 the 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 and for work in schools. This ensures that our curriculum and practice is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that you’re 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. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

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. This module is delivered face to face. You will learn the process of negotiation with other professionals and reflection with your peers and the particular way that you develop through the placement as a professional and will discuss the issues of working in particular contexts.

During this module, you’ll build on your placement experience from year one. You’ll 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.

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. You will develop your skills at presenting particular research and your own personal ideas within a Dance Movement Psychotherapy context.

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 exploring personal experience and analysis of movement.

During this triple module, you’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work. This module uses your own responses to clinical issues and develops 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 the students own journey through dance and its relationship to other sensory experience with a performance.

You’ll look at the role of improvisation and its relationship to movement analysis and the use of movement as a psychotherapeutic intervention. Students will learn about their own personal movement preferences and the way that they relate through understanding the significance of the movement.

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. This module will involve experience of the body reflected in theory and understanding.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will meet the following members of staff:

How you're assessed

You will receive clear guidelines upon the nature of assessment for each module at its commencement. Modules are assessed through the submission of verbal presentations, written work and other art forms including videos, written and spoken language aimed at demonstrating that you have met the learning outcomes pertinent to the module.

The clinical placements are assessed through the submission of reports completed by the Clinical Placement Manager and the use of Supervision with your University Supervisor. These and your clinical work 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. You explore and administer the ethical context of writing the case. 

Who will teach you

Programme leader

Sally Reid

Entry requirements

You'll need a relevant undergraduate degree and at least two years’ experience of dance and movement and have worked with a vulnerable population(s) for 200 hours.

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.

Interview information

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)


£950 per 20 credits*



£14,700 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 Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. 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.

Additional costs and optional extras

Students chatting to each other

International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply


You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Therapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy. This involves completing the required hours and fulfilling all the hours of therapy. 

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 can develop your practice and obtain UKCP registration.

You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with reflection and research ideas.

Our graduates

"Studying and working in the field of DMP is as fascinating and as it is demanding.  With the support from my tutors and peers, I built myself a skill set of theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and practical experience to lift-off my career.  I changed and grew in ways I could not have predicted - it is impossible to not be permanently shifted in a process so revealing."

"My work now involves devising and facilitating a combination of expressive movement groups, parent-child play sessions and individual Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions with vulnerable women. The organisation specialises in working with issues of trauma and abuse, and clients typically have limited or no intervention from other services, making the work all the more meaningful. I am supported and challenged to find new ways of integrating this field of practice into the community. It feels really pioneering and provides continual opportunities to develop."

"As an Indian student, at first I found the transition to higher education in the UK difficult. In India I never felt I had room to explore and found the system really rigid. The freedom on this course allowed for so much more than study. It allowed for intense personal development and I found it truly life-changing. I've now gone on to study for my doctorate and hope to teach in the UK in the future."

Graduates, MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees


Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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