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Nordic Master of Dance Studies (cooperative education)

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Copenhagen (KU)
Campus South Campus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


What is dance? Is there relationship between breakdance and capoeira and halling? Why do small girls want to look like ballerinas? Nordic Master of Arts in Dance studies is an opportunity to get the most updated knowledge about the past and present of various dance types such as folk and street, ballet and modern, ballroom and club dance. The programme also provides the skills in analysis of dance as bodily movement, aesthetic expression, tradition and interpretation of music.

The Nordic Specialisation is a formalised institutional co-operation that intersects historical and national borders within disciplines concerning students and lecturers. The programme of study combines professional artistic, ethnological/anthropological, and common cultural-anthropological approaches. Furthermore, it includes in-depth studies within a number of genres of dance.

The compulsory courses represent the joint academic basis for the master's programme, and emphasise theory and method, dance analysis and the history of dance. The instruction of these courses is structured around intensive periods of teaching and academic supervision. The coursework amounts to three semesters of full-time study. The master's thesis awards 30 ECTS credits and is written during the two final semesters of study.

Career Opportunities

Master of Arts in Dance Studies will be relevant for building a career related dance in teaching at many levels, different public sectors in governmental organizations. This may include policy and planning for dance as part of cultural policies and safeguarding actions in ministries and institutions which work with various aspects of dance, both locally and internationally. Another important area is Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such voluntary organisations, festivals, and within heritage and turist industies.

About the Degree

This programme of Nordic Master of Arts in Dance studies (NO-MA-DS) is a joint programme offered by The Norwegian University of Technology and Science (Trondheim, Norway), Stockholm's University (Sweden) and The University of Tampere (Finland) in cooperation with The University of Copenhagen.

The curriculum for the Nordic MA in Dance Studies contains four compulsory courses, electives and the MA thesis. One compulsory course is taught every semester and takes place in one of the four countries. That means that each semester takes place in a new country.


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a first degree in a relevant field and excellent academic performance. Furthermore, you have to document your English proficiency and financing. For further details, please look at the webpage of the Norwegian partner of the Nordic Master. You also have to apply via the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.

For Nordic Applicants, there are different requirements.

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There are no tuition fees for this Nordic Master. However, students do need to cover their living expenses, including housing, books, food and travel. Here you can find a list of main funding alternatives available to international students.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at
You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring 2015 - Nordic Applicants

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn 2014 - International Applicants

Application date
Dec 01
Start date
Sep 01

South Campus


The South campus is located just south of the city centre and has a student population of around 11,000. The campus is home to the Faculty of Humanities. It is undergoing development with new buildings offering great facilities for studying and for student life at campus.

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