Dance is - across cultural and historical borders and in different social and artistic contexts - a carrier of practical knowledge of body and movement. At the same time, the volatility of its movement represents a challenge for the methods of science. Dance studies thus forms an interface between various disciplines of science and the arts at a time when dynamics, movement and body discourses shape scientific research.

The master’s degree in dance studies at the Free University of Berlin offers a research-oriented degree for this reflection. Based on the overarching topics of body, movement and process, he opens up different perspectives on the historical, artistic and social aspects of dance. This includes studies on the history and aesthetics of dance, the examination of the possibilities of movement analysis and recording as well as practical and scenic exercises that thematize the body and how it can be experienced in movement and reflect on theoretical approaches. A link between science and art is sought, which is expressed in new teaching formats and in close cooperation with national and international institutions.



The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (LP) for each module or each event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

module Introduction to dance studies
module Theory / aesthetics
module Historicity / Historiography
module Methods / practice
module Dance / arts / media
module Research practice



To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or other equivalent university degree.

The course is restricted in admission.

Applicants whose mother tongue is not German and who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution must provide evidence of full linguistic ability to study for university admission (DSH) or an equivalent level of knowledge in accordance with the regulations for the German language test for university admission of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The course qualifies students for activities with a specialization in dance in theaters and other cultural institutions, science, journalism, cultural management, production and communication, archives and publishers

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