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 (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.

What you will study

You’ll study modules such as:

Placement modules are an important component of your development; you’ll study these over two years, with this being the first 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 where you will learn the process of negotiation with other professionals and reflection with your peers. You will begin to develop your own unique style of working which you will build on through yuor placements as a professional. You will also develop your confidence to reflect on issues when working within 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 while identifying and justifying your interventions. This module develops your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, helping you to consider how your ideas may 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. 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 tutor support and participations, 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 the use of props and  you'll develop 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 while considering your 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 experiences 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. You will learn about your own personal movement preferences and the way in which these 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. This module will involve experience of the body relfected 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.

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We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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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 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. 

Who will teach you

Sally Reid
Programme leader

As a Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts, Sally Reid applies her theory, clinical practice and previous experience to support students through experiential learning and exploration, theoretical understanding, development of choreographic techniques and work placements. Sally continually engages in further training to develop her work.

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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.

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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

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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 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.

Our graduates

"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 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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