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The degree of Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt) is a one-year degree which encompasses both dance coursework and research. The degree can be taken full-time or part-time and will be preceded by the student's undergraduate degree and or considerable dance experience.
Students undertaking a Master of Dance Studies degree should have extensive career experience in a specific dance profession, such as teaching or choreography, that will be directly related to their study.
Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt)
Approved papers worth at least 80 points at 500-level or above, including:
PHSE 591 Research Methods (or an equivalent or approved research methods alternative); and
Thesis: PHSE 5A
Regulations for the Degree of Master of Dance Studies (MDanceSt)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
- Every applicant must normally either
- have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study, or
- have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree requiring three years of full-time study, have had at least three years' experience relevant to the programme, and provide evidence of ability to undertake advanced academic study.
- In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who is not a graduate may be considered on the basis of alternative qualifications or satisfactory training and experience in dance. Such preparation must be equivalent to a degree, and the applicant must provide evidence of ability to undertake advanced level academic study. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may require such an applicant to pass one or more prescribed papers either before admission to or concurrently with the programme.
- In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualifications, as well as the applicant's performance in the programmes.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study shall normally consist of
- A thesis (PHSE 5A) embodying the results of supervised research (100 points), and
- approved papers worth at least 80 points at 500-level or above, including PHSE 591 Research Methods (or an equivalent or approved research methods alternative) and including 500-level papers worth at least 60 points from PHSE 527, PHSE 528, PHSE 554, PHSE 555, PHSE 556, PHSE 559, PHSE 595.
- A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
- A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Dean of Physical Education for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
- A candidate may be exempted from some of the papers prescribed in regulation 2(a)(ii) above on the basis of previous study.
- The programme of study shall normally consist of
Duration of the Programme
- The programme may be taken by full-time candidates in one calendar year or the equivalent time in three semesters of study, or by part-time candidates over a longer period. Any paper in which a candidate is enrolled shall be examined in the semester or year in which it is taken.
- A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the degree within four years of admission to the programme. A candidate may apply to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) for extension of this time limit by up to one year.
Withdrawal from the Programme
Where a candidate wishes to withdraw from the programme after completing the work required by regulation 2(a)(ii) the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may
- recommend to the Senate the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Education or determine which papers shall be credited towards that diploma, or
- recommend to the Senate that papers completed be credited towards the degree of Master of Physical Education.
Examination of the thesis
- The thesis shall be examined by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
- The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Dean of Physical Education.
- Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
- be accepted without amendments;
- be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Dean of Physical Education;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
- does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of submission.
- Amendments (regulation 5)(d)(ii)) and revisions (regulation 5(d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Dean of Physical Education.
- A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
- If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either 'Pass' or 'Fail' (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
- Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Dean of Physical Education should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at the decisions after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these