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Our Musical Theatre degree lets you focus on far more than just your performance skills.

You’ll study all three disciplines of dance, singing and acting, with showcase events built into the course at the end of each year.

You’ll also get to look at Musical Theatre from a more academic point of view, studying the context, evolution and performativity of the contemporary scene.

Why Study Musical Theatre?

Our degree will help you perform with confidence, character and style while allowing you to explore design and management roles relating to the musical theatre industry.

There's a strong practical element to the course and you'll be able to refine your artistic talents in dedicated performance spaces that are designed to inspire you. 

You'll be taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors who have good links with industry and who will advise and guide you on how best to develop your own personal take on the industry.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points

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All about the course

Alongside academic study of context, the performance skills of dance, singing and acting will form the focus of your study in the first year.

You'll also have the opportunity to delve into the world of production arts with optional modules offering you the chance to study stage management, lighting and sound, and theatre design work, with a view to giving you a well-rounded musical theatre production experience.

Each year you'll be involved in end of year performances with fellow students. You'll bring together all of your developing skills to create a captivating performance that showcases your talents.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and will have access to a range of online and other library resources.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics. You'll also meet regularly with your personal academic tutor.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves practice, rehearsal and preparing for assessments. You will also be reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on directed tasks or projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before each class.

For the independent project/dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.

For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and typically 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, practice, research and assignments.

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and experience of the realities of being a freelance creative artist in today’s workplace, to embrace the notion of actively owing and “selling” one’s skills, services, and products, and engaging with the concept of artist as self-determining micro-business and entrepreneur.

The Musical Theatre course enables you to study practical and academic modules in musical theatre dance, acting and singing. The team bring enthusiasm and industry experience to enable you to reach your potential to achieve the best degree you can.

Angela PickardProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

A great deal of practical performance is built into the programme. You will engage in the various processes of production, rehearsal, performance, presentation of seminars and workshop leadership. Whilst the practical component of many modules is important, most modules require an element of written work as part of the assessment strategy.

Your future career

As well as being able to present yourself as a performer, you will have the potential to tackle anything from leading a community youth workshop to running a lighting desk or managing an arts company.

We equip our graduates to tackle diverse roles in a wide range of professions beyond performance including contemporary performance making, stage management, design, as well as the ability to pursue postgraduate study in a performance related field.

Our graduates will also possess a range of transferable skills gained on the course which are highly valued and sought after for work in fields other than musical theatre and the arts.


The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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