Master of Arts in Dance Studies

Master of Arts in Dance Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in Dance Studies
Course code PMADCSPDR4
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Deborah Williams
Delivered by School of Performing Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

Candidates will be required to indicate their choice of area and mode of study at the time of application. Two options are possible: candidates can either choose to study for a traditional M.A., which is mostly based on original research, OR for a Practice as Research M.A. (PaR), with each student being assisted by a dedicated supervisor or two co-supervisors:

Option (a): A dissertation of up to a 50,000 words on the subject of his/her research, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Board, or

Option (b): A presentation of artistic practice supported by a dissertation of a maximum of 30,000 words, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Board.

Both of these options are perceived as being equally valuable as a stepping stone towards PhD, whilst strengthening Malta’s academic standing in the disciplines of Dance and Performance.

Specialist areas for inclusion include Choreography and Choreographic Processes; Practice as Research in Dance Performance, Dance Pedagogy, Dance and Cultural Studies, Creative Dance Practice, Dance in Education and/or the Community, Dance and Health, Somatic Practices, Anatomy for Dancers, Dance and Wellbeing.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor’s degree obtained with Second Class Honours or better in the same area or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for or

(b) a Bachelor’s degree in the same area or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 65% in that area of study or

(c) a degree from this or another university, which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) or

(d) a professional qualification/qualifications and/or experience deemed by the Board, to satisfy in part, the admission requirements for a taught postgraduate course, provided that applicants may be required to complete a preparatory programme as specified below.

All applicants who are not in possession of a first degree in Dance shall be interviewed and/or auditioned by a board composed of at least three members. Applicants shall be asked to provide evidence of their professional experience in dance by way of writing sample, performance documentation and video. Candidates unable to attend the interview and dance audition in person may arrange to complete the process through electronic means of communication.

Applicants wishing to apply for the Degree mainly by research, shall indicate the provisional title for the dissertation on their application for admission. The application shall include a research proposal as well as a statement by the head of department concerned that applicants possess the training, knowledge and capabilities required for the proposed line of study and research.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants applying in terms of paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) may be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified by the Board. The preparatory programme shall include study-units in the area of study concerned, and may include also study-units which are intended to train students in the competencies required to conduct research work.

During the preparatory programme students shall be required to register for a number of study-units for which a total of not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits are assigned.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme of study with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
This programme of study will offer students an opportunity to undertake an independent research project. The taught component (10 ECTS) at the beginning of the course will help students acquire the necessary tools to undertake and complete such a project through a discussion of the academic, ethical, political and practical implications of undertaking research in Performing Arts. Much of the research will be considered as independent study, but each student will be assigned one or more academics who will tutor the research process, from selecting an area to writing a research proposal, and researching and writing a dissertation. The specific research will depend on the students' interests as well as staff specialization and strategic research areas earmarked by the department. Students will be expected to demonstrate critical skills in the analysis of a broad range of texts; discuss complex critical issues in a coherent and convincing manner; present the research results in appropriate academic written style; and apply his or her refined expressive potential to related fields.

The course is intended to give students an opportunity to develop into mature researchers in a specific area in Dance Studies. They will be assisted in creating research questions, pursuing and documenting them through an extensive piece of academic writing, and in specific cases, illuminated through artistic practice.
The programme targets UM’s own Bachelors in Dance Studies (Hons) graduates, and other graduates of Honours Dance degree programmes in Europe, particularly where the first degree has been studied in the English language: UK, The Netherlands and countries in Scandinavia.
The students who complete this programme successfully will be able to participate in academic debate, apply, design, write and publish their research, take part in and take effective decisions about many aspects of art and culture, as leaders and entrepreneurs.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 2 July 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.