MA Programme

MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research

Successful graduates of the IBMT Diploma now have an opportunity to undertake further study and research to qualify for a Masters Degree.

The Institute has been in discussion with the University of Chichester, UK, who are now able to offer an MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research to IBMT graduates.

Those who have studied IBMT but have not yet completed the Diploma may also apply if they have appropriate previous experience. All enquiries and applications should be made directly to the University.

The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research programme enables students to explore their own somatic and/or movement practice by examining and critically framing their working methods as somatic practitioners, to extend and develop their professional learning through Masters study.

Image: Jane Bacon 2010, taken from Bacon's video installation
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The programme challenges students to explore their own somatic and/or movement practice and examine their working methods as professional somatic practitioners, and will explore how their work relates more broadly to a range of international somatic and somatically informed movement approaches and practices.

In addition, the MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen their critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research. In particular, the programme provides opportunities for developing an understanding of individual practice in relation to current trends, practices and opportunities within the wider fields of somatic and somatically informed movement practices.

The MA is designed to cater both for students who wish to develop their somatic understanding in order to further their careers as reflective practitioners, and as a foundation programme for those hoping to pursue practical and/or theoretical research at M.Phil or Ph.D level.

Students pursue their own research, therefore they will be expected to be self-motivating and possess the ability to work independently.  Each student will be allocated a tutor with appropriate knowledge and expertise to the student’s research topic. Tutorials (in person and/or via electronic medium such as telephone, skype and email) will enable the student to pursue a unique and individual path through the MA.

The focus of the MA is on somatically-informed research and research into and about somatic practices.

The programme comprises two modules and is based on an assessment of your prior training and knowledge as a Somatic Practitioner:

1. A taught Module in Somatically-informed Research Methodologies (30 credits).

2. A Dissertation Module (60 credits) providing students with the opportunity to pursue a substantial independent research project of their choice in some depth, which can be in part practice-based.

This is a 10 month programme, beginning in September 2015, with additional time allowed for completion of the Dissertation. Attendance at the University will be required for two weekends, for the Research Methodologies module at the beginning of the year. (If there are enough people participating from one location/country, it may be possible to offer this in the students' locality.)

The idea of an MA programme for professionally trained IBMT Somatic Practitioners was initiated by Linda Hartley, and this exciting new programme has been created by Prof Jane Bacon at the University of Chichester, UK.

The MA will be managed by the Somatic Practices by Independent Research Programme Coordinator, Prof Jane Bacon, and a team of lecturers, with participation by students where relevant.

Prof Jane Bacon, Programme Coordinator

Email: J.Bacon@chi.ac.uk / Tel: 01243 816174