Music Theatre

Music Theatre BA (Hons)

Delivered by industry professionals, including visiting directors and musical directors, this unique and mainly vocational course equips students with fundamental performance and creative skills, ensuring a solid foundation for a range of careers within Music Theatre and the Performing Arts.

The programme includes Musical Theatre and New Music Theatre strands, ensuring an holistic training and diverse performing experience, supported with academic rigour. Students take part in a full-scale musical theatre production in each year, and a major devising project in 2nd and 3rd year.

The individual attention the students receive as part of their training at UCLan is without doubt part of the reason for the success and high retention rate of the course. The course has a 100% pass rate with the majority of students graduating with a 2:1 or 1st award. Most graduates go on to successful careers within performance and related areas. 

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Drama students at UCLan are 90% satisfied overall with their course. Plus, we’re in the UK’s top 10 for overall student satisfaction and every part of the National Student Survey 2020.  
  • Dance and Drama at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • You will take part in a full-scale musical theatre production in each year, and a major devising project in second and third year.
  • The University Chamber Choir is made up of Music Theatre students. The choir has a successful record of winning national competitions, including the adult category of Choir of the Year.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Musical Theatre 1
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • New Music Theatre 1

Year 2

  • Musical Theatre 2
  • New Music Theatre 2

Year 3

  • Musical Theatre 3
  • New Music Theatre 3

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applicants must attend an audition/ interview. You will be sent an email by our Admissions Office asking you to book onto a selection day event.

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Further Information

BA (Hons) Music Theatre is a much sought-after course with a highly regarded reputation from former students and professionals within the industry. It's the perfect course for creative students and will give the opportunity to participate in all aspects of music theatre performance. It's practice-based and offers you the chance to engage in music theatre practice through a combination of skills development, performing and devising work and investigation and research.

You’ll be able to work on projects with the community as part of your course work and also put on performances in public venues. You could also get the opportunity to perform overseas - previous students have performed in France and Shanghai.

Voice and acting are two significant areas within the course which considers these performance activities as inextricably linked. The voice modules concentrate on singing and the spoken word through focusing on the use of text in performance. The acting modules focus on physical awareness applied to the performance space as well as acting techniques. Other modules offer opportunities in music composition and contextual study. Although the course is made up of separate modules there is an integrated and holistic approach to their delivery.

The course provides you with the opportunity to perform in the production of existing works and as well as the creation and realisation of new work. You will participate in one major production in each year with an opportunity to create a major devised piece in both the second and third year.


“I graduated from UCLan in 2012 and can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. The training you receive is of such a high standard and it really opens your eyes to different types of theatre that you maybe haven't explored before. Since graduating I have been in pantomimes, aboard cruise ships and in 5* resorts abroad as a lead vocalist and this was all made possible from the training I received at UCLan.”

Abbie Stock BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2012

“I graduated from UCLan in 2009. The experience was unbelievable and I learnt so much in my three years on the course, from vocal techniques right through to life skills. After graduating I went into the world of cruise ships where I still work today. I really am grateful for the support of the tutors on the course as I honestly feel that they pushed me right up to my true potential, not only as a performer but as a person too.”

Jay Collins BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2009

“The Music Theatre course taught me invaluable performance skills. It opened my eyes to new areas of theatre and allowed me to explore and develop as not only a performer but a creator and choreographer. I got to work with amazing directors and tutors who still constantly support me in my career. The course led me to discover my passion for devised theatre and without it I wouldn't have achieved what I have since graduating. I've just finished spending a year doing a postgraduate course in Physical Theatre with Jasmin Vardimon Company and am now setting up as a professional Dance Artist"

Stacey Pepworth BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2013

“The Music Theatre course at UCLan gave me so much strength, confidence and knowledge as a performer. With so many things on offer, I was spoilt for choice and was able to progress in music, acting and dance and even became assistant technician for a year. The support from the tutors was incredible and they could, and still can, be counted on. I am currently teaching drama at one of the country's leading boarding schools and next year will be going on to study for my PGCE and Masters in Education.”

Jennifer Rackham BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2015

“The Music Theatre course at UCLan advanced my skill set to a professional level. By the time I left I felt ready for the industry and the next level of study. The course was flexible for my individual needs as a composer, musician and actor. The staff are exceptionally supportive of their students, even after graduating. They also helped facilitate my independent projects enabling me to produce four of my musicals during my time at UCLan. Since graduating I studied my MA in Musical Theatre Creation at Guildford School of Acting and have had my work produced at the Stable theatre, Ivy Arts Centre, the Union Theatre, Waterloo East, The Mill, and the Electric Theatre. I have recently been commissioned to write a musical at the Tristan Bates Theatre. I am also currently in talks with producers in London and Germany about further development of three of my musicals. I would highly recommend this course to any student wanting to take a similar career path.”

Ashley Walsh BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2014

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Each year the course takes a Graduate Showcase to an invited audience of industry professionals at a London venue. Venues have included the Soho Theatre and the Jermyn Street Theatre.

The University Chamber Choir is made up of Music Theatre students. The choir has a successful record of winning national competitions, including the Adult Category of Choir of the Year. The choir has an annual concert tour in France, and has also visited Shanghai.

Graduates from this course move into a variety of performance-related jobs including: musical theatre (West End, touring, regional and overseas), television, film, children’s theatre and TV, cruise ship entertainment, teaching, theatre in education, theatre representation and management, high profile singing engagements, voice-over work and many others.

Each year several graduates secure places on MA Musical Theatre and MA Acting courses. Recent graduates have gone to courses at all the major drama schools and conservatoires in the UK. Many of our graduates have secured prestigious bursaries and scholarships to support their post-graduate training, including the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship, BBC Performing Arts Award, John Thaw Foundation Trust Award, Leverhulme Trust Bursary as well as some institution’s own bursaries.

Other graduates have gone to prestigious post-graduate courses in Music, Music Theatre Composition, Physical Theatre, Community Theatre, as well as PGCE teacher training. There are also opportunities for graduates to remain at UCLan to continue their studies at masters and doctoral level.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The course is based in The Media Factory which is the hub of the performance courses at UCLan. The Media Factory has specialist theatre studios, dance studios and rehearsal spaces. In addition we work in the main theatre situated in St Peter’s Arts Centre.

The learning experience is almost entirely practical. Students learn through doing. It follows that the majority of assessment is of performances and other practical work.

Rehearsals and performances take place in specialist spaces with excellent facilities in terms of lighting and sound. Professional technicians support performances, and professional musicians are engaged to support productions.

The course team all have relevant experience as music theatre industry professionals. In addition professional directors, musical directors and other practitioners come in to work with our students.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed meeting session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to meet with selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to talk about an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the speed meeting session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.


As a Music Theatre student you will have 24/7 access to UCLan’s Media Factory which provides creative students with a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art building dedicated to providing realistic exposure to the media world. The Media Factory is of great benefit to our performing arts students, you will have access to a series of inter-connectable theatre spaces which house dance, theatre and music shows.

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Industry Links

The course continues to foster and extend links with the music theatre industry. This has included the composer/lyricist Richard Taylor and award-winning director Roger Haines coming in to work on 3rd year productions. Three of Richard’s shows were directed by Roger, and performed by our 3rd years, between 2011 and 2014. Since that time Roger has directed Richard’s show The Go-Between in the West End, with Michael Crawford in the lead role. The Go-Between was co-produced by Perfect Pitch, an organisation based in London that supports and promotes new musical theatre writing in the UK. The Music Theatre course has now developed a formal relationship with Perfect Pitch, and we are working together on producing new musical theatre writing within the 3rd year production module.

In addition individual performers and practitioners come in to work with students in voice masterclasses and other performance events. Recent visitors have included the Broadway actress Judy Blazer, the American musical theatre writers Carner & Gregor, the internationally acclaimed Tim Rogers, as well as our own alumnus, and successful actress and singer, Helen Hart.

Members of the course teaching team continue to be active in their respective fields. For example the Course Leader, Mark Goggins, has worked on the national touring productions of shows such as Cats, Shrek and The Sound of Music.

All of these industry links work for the benefit of our students, both while they are here and after they have left. Working with industry professionals gives our students a very realistic understanding of what is expected. In return our students consistently receive praise and adulation from professionals who rank the work at UCLan as highly as any they have encountered elsewhere. Both of these factors give our students and graduates a sense of connection with the industry, as well as a sense of confidence and self-belief in an area of work that is both vibrant yet challenging.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.