Structure and content

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training of the University of Bern comprises 16 ECTS points and is part of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Dance Science. The CAS programme can also be completed separately.

MAS Dance Science

The programme comprises 22 course days (147 contact hours) and 16 ECTS-points (ca. 480 working hours in total).

Teaching language is English

Übersicht über den Aufbau des MAS Dance Science Studiengangs

Modul 1: Motor Control and Learning

2 x 3 days (4 ECTS points)


  • Basics of coordination: motor control
  • Adaptation to coordination: motor learning and motor development (across lifespan), pathology of motor control


  • Experiments and exercises on motor control
  • Exercises and examples on motor learning for professional and amateur dancers
  • Inputs for teaching dance movements to children, adolescents, young and older adults, and people with disabilities

Modul 2: Science of Training

3 x 2 days (4 ECTS points)


  • Basics and application field of the science of (dance) training
  • General aspects of training in sports and dance
  • Basics of motor abilities related to professional and amateur dancers

Training in professional dance:

  • Performance assessment and didactic principles of training across populations (children, adolescents, adults)
  • Theory and application of conditioning and coordination testing
  • Various training methodologies
  • Relaxation and sleep

Training with amateur dancers and dancers with disabilities:

  • Training methodologies with amateur dancers through lifespan
  • Execution of several conditioning and coordination tests
  • Characteristics of training with children and the elderly
  • Characteristics of training people with diseases and disabilities
  • Characteristics of dance as a performance enhancement in athletes

Modul 3: Biomechanics

3 x 2 days (4 ECTS points)

Fundamentals I:

  • Basics of biomechanics I
  • Loading capacity of biological structures
  • Methods of movement analysis I

Fundamentals II/Application I:

  • Methods of movement analysis II
  • Technical aspects of dance floors
  • Introduction to the sensor-motor laboratory
  • Experiments with rotations and jumps
  • Video analysis in practice I

Application II:

  • Analysing and correcting movement
  • Video analysis in practice II
  • Introduction to force plate, accelerometers, electromyography
  • Statistical analysis of recorded data

Module 4: Embedded Research Skills

2 x 1 day (1 ECTS point)

Research Method I:

  • Understanding statistics: The principle of statistical testing, basics of statistics
  • Handling of numerical data sets
  • Structure of a scientific paper, searching and citing literature at the example of an analysis of dance training

Research Method II:

  • Evaluation of data in practice
  • Understanding statistics: repetition, exercises, question and discussion round
  • Analysis of dance training: practical assignments

The assessment of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training contains the following elements:

  • Presence at block appointments (minimal 90% in total)
  • Written exam with multiple choice and open-end questions
  • Written paper (analysis of a dance training)

The programme management decides based on above elements on the passing of the assessment and the issuing of the Certificate.