MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Dance Voice is the only UK practicing DMP centre that offers academic courses and hands-on experience treating clients.

There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia. Requests for trained and experienced professionals in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) are increasing, following the advent of Health Professions Council (HPC) registration for DMT as a state registered profession and the successful integration of Dance Movement Therapists.

This MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy provides graduates with a route to a qualification, licence to practice and registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Therapy (ADMT UK), in alignment with the HPC.

The three-year part-time course is run in collaboration with the Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre, in Bristol.

The course:

  • is part time
  • is located at the Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre in Bristol
  • commences in September each year

The award of an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is consistent in its structure and content with the requirements of the Masters Framework for qualification in Health and Social Care, and is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy specific programme.

This MA gives you the opportunity to build on your previous educational studies through a challenging educational and practice experience. It combines applied theoretical concepts with practice placements, during which you'll gain knowledge and skills for practice. You'll progress through the Masters towards an award in stages.


All modules are compulsory.

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Dance Movement

3 Modules (60 credits):

  • Orientation to Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
  • The Moving Body in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
  • The Moving Body: Observations and Interventions (20 credits)
  • Practice Portfolio

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

3 Modules (60 credits):

  • Developing Professional Practice as a Dance Movement Therapist (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology: Internal and External Influences on Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Research Approaches and Methods (20 credits)
  • Practice Portfolio.

If you exit at Year 1 or 2 you will not be eligible for registration with the ADMT as a Dance Movement Therapist; however you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement: The Therapeutic Process.

Stage 3: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

2 modules (60 credits):

  • Practice Portfolio (20 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (40 credits).

On completion of the Masters degree you'll be able to register as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy. On successful completion of the MA you can seek employment as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist within a variety of private and public organisations. Dance Movement Psychotherapists work in a variety of settings in collaboration with a range of professionals, supporting people with a range of needs. Examples of settings include: young offenders institutions; brain injury units; addiction recovery units; child and adolescent mental health services; school and education settings; day centres; hospitals and voluntary agencies; community centres; care homes and more.

This course is delivered in partnership with Dance Voice.

For fee information please contact admin@dancevoice.org.uk or fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Individual and group projects, essays, creative arts-based practicals, public performances and research dissertation.

Applicants should normally possess:

First degree – honours: from a range of relevant subject areas (e.g. dance, psychology, education, childhood studies) normally with first or second class degree; or

have a recognized academic professional qualification in a health-related field such as Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Counselling, with additional evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level.

In exceptional circumstances candidates with significant experience of working in this field who produce a satisfactory portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at this level, may be accepted.

All candidates will be expected to:

  • have experience of at least one dance or movement form
  • have personal maturity commensurate with training as a therapist
  • demonstrate the ability to use dance and/or movement expressively at audition
  • demonstrate the ability to study at M level during interview with DVET, Bristol
  • have an enhanced DBS clearance
  • where English is not a first language, have an IELTS of 7.5 or above.

For more information about the course and how to apply, visit: www.dancevoice.org.uk

Tel: Dance Voice on 0117 953 2055

Email: admin@dancevoice.org.uk

Or contact Academic Link Manager – Janet Wood

Tel: 01634 894448

Email: janet.wood@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file


  • 3-6 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree in a relevant subject, or a recognised academic professional qualification in a health-related field, with evidence of ability to study at Masters level.
  • In exceptional circumstances, significant experience in this field, with evidence of ability to study at Masters level will be considered. Experience of at least one dance movement or form and the ability to use dance and/or movement expressively.


  • Other


  • Not applicable

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