Professionally accredited course
This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) which can allow an opportunity for routes to UKCP accreditation. This way you can be confident that you will be learning the most up to date thinking on Dance Movement Psychotherapy. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist within ADMP UK.
Build your experience
This course will encourage you to build on your knowledge, experience and creative expression whilst developing new skills within the field of clinical Dance Movement Psychotherapy. You will be guided by the principles that underlie humanistic and integrative psychotherapy while creatively exploring self-expression through body, movement and dance.
Lectures will incorporate presentations, reflexive discussion and experiential aspects. You will consider the relationship between theory and practice, becoming familiar with the most up to date research and applying learned theories and methods within your clinical placement. You will be supported through weekly tutorials and supervision sessions; these will assist you in developing your ideas and considering critical perspectives when reflecting on your work. Assessments will vary to encourage your creativity and reflective process; these include presentations, video production, facilitation and written critiques.
As well as the taught modular components, you will engage in personal therapy throughout the course. This can be individual therapy or within a group setting. 80 hours of personal therapy, at an additional cost to your course fees, is a requirement for professional registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. We feel confident that you will appreciate the personal and professional benefits of this therapy as a means of support and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process.
We welcome guest speakers and offer perspectives on international, national and global approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on clinical placements and develop local and global networks. It is also possible to present your ideas at conferences as well as 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 perspective. You’ll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy 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 an essential foundation of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy. 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- based 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 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. Please check the website for the latest information.
You’ll study modules such as:
- Psyche-Soma: The Body Mind Relationship (20 credits)
- Movement Observation and Analysis: Studio (20 credits)
- Clinical Placement and Supervision (20 credits)
- Experiential Group Skills (20 credits)
- Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Research, Theory and Skills (20 credits)
- Clinical Supervision and Advanced Practice (20 credits)
- Arts Therapies Independent Scholarship: A Body of Work (60 credits)
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.
You'll meet Dr Jill Bunce from our teaching team. Jill develops community projects for placement, interacts with placement managers and develops the skills of other professionals. Jill is responsible for the teaching methods and delivery of this course and the design of the course to professional standards of ADMP (the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists). Jill specialises in the body and mind relationship in Parkinson's Disease; body image; cultural diverse practice; dance performance and educational psychotherapy.
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 and group facilitation; 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 between you and your University Supervisor. You will also need to write a case study which will show how you have approached your work on placement. You will be required to explore and administer the ethical context of writing this case study.
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.
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 6.5.
This course operates a pooled admissions approach and had an application deadline of 5 May 2023. We may look to open another pool for our September 2023 intake, however this cannot be guaranteed.
Following application submission, applicants will be asked to submit an online portfolio. Applicants who are invited to submit a portfolio will have two weeks to do so and will receive guidance information related to the completion of the portfolio.
The portfolio element of your application must be submitted in order for you to be shortlisted for interview.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a satisfactory virtual interview. Non-attendance may result in your application being withdrawn.
2023/24 (August 2023 - July 2024)
£1,500 per 20 credits
£14,900 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
Additional costs and optional extras
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|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 are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Funding your studies
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
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You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). This requires completion of the expected training hours and fulfilling all the hours of personal 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 will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with critical reflection and research ideas.
- Nandini Manjunath is studying a professional doctorate in psychotherapy, completing research and supporting clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties and those with a history of childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
- Rae Scudder is a Specialist Wellbeing Practitioner and Wellbeing Client Coordinator at "Inspirative Arts". She project manages a funding grant to support groups and individuals with barriers to employment through a range of wellbeing and psychotherapeutic activities.
- Ellis Frost works across an education federation (consisting of three primary schools) as a Clinical Lead and Head Practitioner delivering psychotherapy interventions to groups and individuals, he also works in a rehabilitation centre and delivers Dance and Movement Psychotherapy sessions each week.
- Christina Gougouli provides monthly Dance Movement Psychotherapy workshops whilst working as a psychologist at a day centre for children on the autistic spectrum. She also co-leads a gender based violence project for survivors of abuse supporting them to build resilience and identify their boundaries through movement interventions.
- Tamara Roberts is working as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in Trauma Care at Imara, where she collaboratively supports children and families who have been impacted by child sexual abuse. She is also developing a therapeutic service department at Portland College where she will offer Dance Movement Psychotherapy and manage therapist student placements.
- Tammy Lowe works for a children and adolescent mental health and emotional well-being service in Staffordshire as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Children and Young Person's Therapist in schools and children's centres. She also facilitates therapeutic group work to meet presenting needs, such as anxiety and depression, and delivers mental health presentations to schools and parenting support groups across Staffordshire.
- Danielle Whiteley-Smith works for a supported housing charity with vulnerable young women affected by trauma and abuse, facilitating Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions for individuals and families, at women's refuges and local schools. Danielle also provides Dance Movement Psychotherapy for older adults seeking therapeutic support with mental health difficulties for the national charity "Mind".
"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."
"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 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.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
- Resources for practical workshops, clinical supervision, some travel to placements can also be refunded
- DBS check
- Health screening costs
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Minimum of 80 sessions of personal therapy approx. £3200
- Travel to and from placements, some placement related expenses are reimbursed if students spend more than £5 per day in travel to and from placement, approx. £150 per month
- Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, required to practice approx. £145
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Students may opt to engage in international trips and activities that are not fully funded, though bursaries may be available
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.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.