MA Choreography

The School of Fine & Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

The Course

Practice is at the heart of the MA Choreography programme at Lincoln. This studio-based programme focuses on examining, exploring and performing choreographic strategies relevant to your chosen field.

Throughout this Master’s programme you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical underpinning of your practice. You can be guided through a wealth of contemporary literature in the field of dance, choreography, philosophy and performance, and have the chance to engage in critical debate about your own and others’ practice.

You can benefit from working closely with academics who have extensive professional experience and from our programme of lectures and seminars from visiting artists. Residential trips are designed to provide the opportunity to encounter and engage with the widest possible range of choreographic practice and discussion.

The School’s close links with industry mean you can be introduced to professional dance agencies as a means of establishing your work as a choreographer.

Students on this programme should expect to receive 6 hours of contact time per week and are expected to engage in at least 10 hours of independent self-study per week.

The programme is delivered by a professional team of choreographers, practitioners, theoreticians and educators at the University of Lincoln, plus a range of visiting artists. All modules are studio-based and are combined with discussion and seminar sessions. The programme promotes individual and collaborative working practices. You will be expected to engage in an ongoing studio practice in order to experiment with and develop your choreographic practice.

Term 1

  • Facilitating Dance Creation
  • Choreographic Strategies

Term 2

  • Practice as Research Methods
  • Examining Choreography

Term 3

  • Final Projects: Dissertation by Practice

Students can be mentored by academics and practitioners working in the field. This programme can be taken on an individual module basis for continued professional development.

Choreographic Research (Core)
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Choreographic Research (Core)

This module is designed to introduce current debates and practices within the realms of choreography which acknowledge the reciprocity and interdependence of theory and practice. The focus of this module is how dance artists use various strategies when presented with problem-solving within choreographic work.

An emphasis throughout the module is on you as producer of your own choreographic development, whilst input from different artists will be an important feature of the module providing opportunities for you to engage with different choreographic perspectives at first hand.

Through the module you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to reflect on the interrelationships between choreographer, performer and audience in a range of choreographic contexts. You will have the chance to develop and explore alternative strategies and processes to interrogate dance material. Throughout this you are expected to reflect on the process of making work and the reception of the resulting product.

Examining Choreography (Core)
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Examining Choreography (Core)

This module focuses on student-led research processes and provides students with the opportunity to further examine, experiment with, and reflect on their choreographic practices.

Students will have the opportunity to examine, interpret, adopt and adapt choreographic concepts leading to the re-writing and re-authoring of an iconic choreographic work of their choosing. In order to do this, students are expected to identify and examine the recurring themes and understand their developments within the context of 20th and 21st Century choreography.

Students are expected to generate appropriate methodologies for choreographic development and develop the necessary skills of critical discernment to navigate the re-authoring process.

Facilitating Dance Creation (Core)
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Facilitating Dance Creation (Core)

This module focuses on providing the chance to develop a critical and reflective understanding of facilitating choreography and ethical implications of facilitative working processes.

You will have the chance to examine and experiment with participatory ways of facilitating the choreographic process as a means of developing creativity and equality. Autocratic and democratic modalities of engaging people as creators and performers of work are designed to lead to discussions around the experience of dance creation.

You can engage with a variety of practices and theories by seminal dance practitioners who have challenged traditional concepts of dance making; in doing so you will have the chance to experiment with your own creative practices and engage in collaboration, debate and reflection.

Final Project (dissertation by practice) (Core)
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Final Project (dissertation by practice) (Core)

This is the final module of the MA Choreography programme and successful completion leads to the award of Master of Arts. It is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated research and production, based on an area of their choice. The dissertation should demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives pertinent to students’ practice, to contain a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A technical competence commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected. The module is assessed by a negotiated submission of practice and written analysis.

Practice as Research Methods (Core)
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Practice as Research Methods (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of research methods and skills necessary for undertaking a practice-based dissertation as part of their degree. It will be based on a series of seminars, lectures, technical workshops and tutorials that allow the student the chance to develop a written and practice-based prototype or first version of the dissertation submission. The module aims to encourage the production of innovative source materials, plans, conceptual and technical experimentation and research work which maps the subject matter and the formal strategies to be employed.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment occurs at the end of each module and consists of the presentation of live works-in-progress, lecture demonstrations, performances, written critical reflection and documentation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to an interview with the programme leader, a Skype interview can be arranged for international students. A show reel of work will need to be submitted alongside the application in advance of the interview.
Students have the opportunity to enhance their careers and develop their choreographic skills through this programme’s links with the creative industries.
 2018/19 Entry*2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300 £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship*** reduction )**

£5,475 £5,920
International £15,700 £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£13,700 £14,000
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £87 per credit point £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility
*** 20% reduction for 2019/20 entry/25% reduction for 2018/19 entry.


A new system of postgraduate loans  for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,609 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Tessa Palfrey

Programme Leader


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