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Master of Dance Movement Therapy

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


University of Auckland


Critically examine the relationship between dance and therapy as part of this internationally recognized professional accreditation.

The Master of Dance Movement Therapy is an internationally recognized professional accreditation. Over two years of study and research, students become fluent in key aspects of dance movement therapy including anatomy and kinesiology, movement analysis, psychology, dance-based interventions in community and clinical settings, and individual and group therapeutic relationship. You will critically examine practices, theories and issues enabling you to contribute to the field of dance movement therapy in practice and theory.

Programme structure

Your first year of study will involve taught courses, practicums and independent research with experienced dance therapists, practitioners and researchers. International and local expertise and networks will support your future in dance therapy.

The second year is comprised of an advanced practicum in dance therapy and a written thesis, which will draw extensively on community and clinic-based experience. You have the opportunity through this to develop a speciality within the field of dance movement therapy.

Where could this programme take you?

The Master of Dance Movement Therapy provides qualification as a certified dance movement therapist, for registration in New Zealand, Australia and beyond, in clinical and community contexts. This programme leads to career opportunities bringing together dance and health in diverse national and international contexts.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Activities coordinator in aged care
  • Arts therapist
  • Counsellor utilising dance therapy techniques
  • Dance movement therapist
  • Disability dance specialist in schools
  • Group facilitator (disability, children, families, high needs populations)
  • Teaching, training, education
  • Therapeutic dance teacher

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • PhD with a creative practice component

Entry criteria

Research 240 points: You must have completed the requirements for the bachelors degree or higher in a relevant field with a GPA of 5.0. Relevant fields include Dance Studies, Counselling, Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport Science, Theatre Studies, and/or qualifications that lead to registration as a health professional.

You must provide a CV, written statement, and attend an interview. You will also be required to consent to the disclosure of criminal convictions.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0.; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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