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Dance Science and Education

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you are interested in the development of dance education, a comprehensive understanding of the science underpinning the art form is a must. This innovative Dance Science and Education programme at The University of Edinburgh offers just that, giving you the scientific theory and specialist skills that will inspire you to push the frontiers of dance and dance education. 


Through a multi-disciplinary blend of theory and practice, you will learn to prepare dancers to improve performance, explore the physiological and developmental issues that relate to dance education and training and develop awareness of changing trends.

As you study the science relevant to dance performance and education, you will have access to resources at:

  • Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences
  • Human Performance Science research group

The programme is offered full or part-time, with Masters or Postgraduate Diploma routes.

MSc Dance Science & Education with Teaching Qualification (TQs) pathway

The MSc Dance Science and Education with TQs is a teaching pathway to registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). This is currently the only route to GTCS registration as a teacher for dance specialists qualified to teach learners aged 3-18 years in schools.

The pathway is offered as a Master of Science and can be completed over 15 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time). It is not available as a Postgraduate diploma.

Graduates of this degree pathway are recommended to the GTCS for provisional registration. Upon completion of the required probationary period of teaching, you may register with the GTCS as a teacher with a subject specialism in dance.

Many dance teachers work in school and community contexts. However, it is a legal requirement for any teacher in the Scottish state school system to be registered with the GTCS. Being registered not only allows you to teach but it also provides assurances to employers, parents and children that you meet a national standard of teaching.

Career opportunities

Whether you are a recent graduate or a mid-career professional, this Dance Science and Education programme at The University of Edinburgh will prepare you for further research, which can be channelled into an academic career or used to advance your performing, teaching or educational career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication and project management, will also be valuable in enhancing any career options.

If you choose the GTCS-accredited Teaching Qualification (TQs) pathway, this degree will enable you to apply for GTCS registration and teach in schools with a subject specialism of dance across 3-18 years.

Recent graduate destinations include lecturing and teaching positions in Higher Education, teaching positions in schools, dance development officers for local authorities, research positions, further study at PhD level and physiotherapy programmes.


If you choose the GTCS-accredited teaching pathway, this degree will enable you to apply for GTCS registration and teach in schools with a subject specialism of dance across 3-18 years.

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses

  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Preventive Dance Medicine
  • Sources of Knowledge: understanding and analysing research literature
  • Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions And Praxis
  • Assessment of physical activity and body composition
  • Coaching and performance
  • Conditioning physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry. January start date is only available for PT study. August start date is only for TQs.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
  • We may also consider your application if you have relevant employment or professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.
  • With your application you will be required to submit a digital portfolio evidencing your professional dance related practice. This should include, for example, footage of your own performance, your own original choreography performed by your students/dancers, or you in a teaching context.

Work experience


Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

PgDip fees

  • Home: £8,335
  • International/EU: £16,870

MSc PT fees

  • Home: £6,250
  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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