Structure and content

The MAS in Dance Science programme (60 ECTS) comprises three certificates from the University of Bern that can also be completed separately. Two certificates will be given at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and one hosted by tamed in Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

1. CAS in Dance Science: Health & Performance (16 ECTS)
2. CAS in Dance Science: Motor Learning & Training (16 ECTS)
3. CAS in Dance Science: Psychology & Education (16 ECTS)

For the MAS diploma (60 ECTS) participants require these three certificates, an additional module in research methods and an extensive master thesis.

The programme comprises 70 course days (ca. 500 contact hours) and 60 ECTS-points (ca. 1800 working hours in total).

Teaching language: English

Übersicht über den Aufbau des MAS Dance Science Studiengangs

In addition to the three certificates in Dance Science (i.e., Health & Performance, Motor Learning & Training, and Psychology & Education) MAS candidates complete the following modules:

Research Methods

2 x 2 days (2 ECTS points)

In this module candidates learn to master statistical methods often implemented in the field of Dance Science. In addition to theoretical input in the form of lectures, candidates receive practical exercises that prepare them for the research methods exam as well as their master thesis. In the course of the module, candidates will generate their own research ideas, which will be discussed and elaborated. These ideas will then form the basis of students’ Master thesis, the detailed guidelines of which will be presented in the module as well. At the end of each month candidates will provide monthly reports on work progress, problems and new insights encountered during the completion of the master thesis.

Block 1 Applying statistics to the field of Dance Science

2 days (1 ECTS point)

  • Application of parametric and non-parametric statistics
  • Practical exercises related to concepts surrounding the master thesis
  • Tutorials about project-specific methodological questions

Block 2 Master colloquium

2 days (1 ECTS point)

  • Presentation of the Master thesis guidelines
  • Elaboration of a time line
  • Development and presentation of a research proposal
  • Monthly report about work progress, problems and new insights

Master Thesis

10 ECTS points

The candidates write a master thesis in an area of dance science. The topic is either self-chosen or proposed by the thesis supervisor. This supervisor is an expert in the chosen/proposed subject area. The thesis must comply with the scientific method as well as general scientific standards.

In addition to the assessments in the three CAS programmes, the assessment of the Master of Advanced Studies in Dance Science comprises the following elements:

  • Attendance at block weekends (minimal 90% in total)
  • A written exam on Research methods
  • A Master thesis
  • An oral presentation of the master thesis

Based on the assessments of the three CAS programmes, the research methods module and the master thesis, the programme management will reach a decision on granting candidates the Master of Advances Studies in Dance Science.