What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Do you have a passion for dance and performance? Would you like to use the power of dance in educational and health settings or for the benefit of the wider community? Then this innovative course is for you.
- Take your first steps towards an exciting career in roles such as community dance artist, dance movement therapist or arts administrator
- Engage with academic staff who already work in the dance industry, bringing the latest trends and ideas into their teaching
- Put your skills into practice with opportunities for work placements in charity, arts, health, social care and educational settings
- Extend your repertoire thanks to our strong links with Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the region
- Showcase your choreography skills through public performances.
Develop your understanding of the body, dance and movement – and gain the skills to work creatively with others to foster self-discovery, wellbeing and communication.
In-depth knowledge, broad experience
You’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of dance and movement, building your abilities in choreography and improvisation as the basis of studio practice. At first you’ll work individually and then in small groups, culminating in a public performance.
A key focus of this course is on the health and social aspects of dance and movement. You’ll consider the impact of disability, gender and society, looking at how dance can bring people together to promote inclusion. You’ll also explore different cultural perspectives of dance and movement, including the chance to apply eastern beliefs to your practice.
Through optional modules you can study the structure and function of the human body, discover how people develop creatively and undertake your own research into dance and movement.
Strong professional links
Our flourishing partnership with Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, will open doors for you. It gives you the chance to engage with Déda’s exceptional programme of dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work. This could include opportunities to attend performances and technique classes and to take part in dance development projects which are helping Déda to strengthen its community profile and reach new audiences.
Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could undertake a placement or internship. Our students have enjoyed vital work experience with cultural organisations such as Déda, with charities and with hospital arts co-ordinators. Some return to their former schools to harness dance and movement in ways which promote young people’s personal development.
Showcase your ideas and talent
We provide an inspiring environment in which you can practise your skills, including a light, airy dance studio with great dimensions, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a bespoke sprung floor.
A highlight of the course is the opportunity for you to showcase those skills in a professional context, with a public performance. Our final-year students work with professional dance artists to develop original pieces of choreography to perform at Déda. There may be the chance for students in the first and second stages of the course to take part in these performances too.
Pursue your personal interests
By combining Dance and Movement Studies with another subject as part of a joint honours degree, you can build a distinctive degree to achieve personal goals. Popular subjects to combine with Dance and Movement Studies are Psychology, Education Studies and Sport Science.
Our Independent Scholarship module also enables you to pursue themes which reflect your own interests and career ambitions. Recent examples of studies undertaken include the use of dance in the treatment of depression; body image issues in adolescents; comparisons of dance and rock climbing; an exploration of dance and neuroscience with a particular focus on mirror neurons; and a detailed look at the development of musical theatre.
You can also complete a body of work as your Independent Scholarship option, which entails using your art form as a research tool. This often provokes interesting studies in choreography where your assessed work is a performance, supported by written work.
Expertise to inspire you
You’ll be taught by an experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic team including active dance practitioners and specialists in eastern beliefs of movement.
Programme Leader Liz Foster has extensive links within the dance professions. In summer 2016 she toured Japan delivering educational activities with the Royal Ballet Company. She is currently working with the Royal Opera House on a national dance project which aims to help teachers develop their choreography skills for use in school.
Teamwork that counts
There are opportunities at each stage of your course to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in a multi-professional team after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for patients, clients and service users.
What you will study
You can study Dance and Movement Studies as either a joint or major subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
You'll study modules such as:
- Dance Making: Physicality, Choreography and Technique
You’ll also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:
- The Moving Body
- The Mindful Body
- Dance Making: Choreography as Creative Story
You’ll also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:
- Dance, Diversity and Inclusion
- Personal and Professional Development
- Applied Arts Project
- Dance, Production and Performance
You may also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:
- Independent Scholarship
- Working Creatively in Context
- Community Placement
The course balances classroom-based theory with practical sessions involving studio and performance work. There are opportunities for placements, community projects and visits to see performances.
How you are assessed
You’ll receive regular formative feedback throughout the course. Assessments take different forms including essays, individual and/or group performances and presentations, portfolios, reflective journals and diaries, videos, placement reports, bodies of work, and personal projects.
Who you'll meet
You’ll be taught by a dynamic and highly experienced team with excellent professional contacts. They include:
Liz Foster – a trained ballet and contemporary dancer with an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Liz’s roles outside the University include education and choreographic project work with the Royal Opera House, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Buxton Opera House and the Royal Ballet School. She is also an animateur for Rambert Dance Company and a ballet and contemporary technique tutor at Déda.
David Home – who specialises in movement and mindfulness as well as eastern practices such as T’ai Chi and Shiatsu. David is a registered teacher with, and current chair of, the Shiatsu Society UK.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Studying Dance and Movement Studies paves the way to a wide range of career paths including artistic practice, community dance and roles with arts organisations. As part of the course, you’ll receive advice on career opportunities, CV building and promoting your transferable skills to potential employers.
Our former students are now enjoying success as community dance artists, dance movement therapists, art administrators or even running their own dance organisations. A number of graduates have pursued performance opportunities in dance, working with established companies while furthering their vocational studies.
Some graduates go on to further study including masters qualifications in the science of dance and somatics. You could consider studying a PGCE to gain qualified teacher status so that you can teach dance in primary or secondary schools.
You'll also have a strong basis to apply for our MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy, which leads to registration as an arts therapist – an exciting and fulfilling career.
Ongoing careers support
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
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, state-of-the-art 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
- Outfits and props for performances
- A book for choreographic sketchbook work approx. £10
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Students may purchase additional resources for placement activities, dependent on the nature of what they choose to deliver
- DBS check approx. £50
- Students may opt to engage in international trips and activities that are not fully funded though bursaries may be available
- Optional outings and trips will also require self-funding
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.