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BA (Hons)

Music Theatre

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Singing and stagecraft. Composition and choreography. Major productions and public performances. Our BA (Hons) Music Theatre course offers it all, laying a solid foundation for a future in the performing arts.

If you’re looking ahead to a career of on-stage performance and back-stage creativity, this course offers a well-rounded programme that explores every aspect of music theatre. It’s a practical course that lets you get to grips with the whole process of devising, staging and performing a production, as well as developing academic skills in investigation and research.

With extensive personal support from experienced practitioners, you’ll hone your vocal and physical skills – ensuring you can understand, interpret and make the most of the text. You’ll cover a wide range of areas, including topics like musical composition and contextual study, but everything is built around common threads, ensuring the whole course offers a holistic view of the discipline.

Each year, you’ll have the chance to perform in a full-scale production and, in your second and third year, create a major devised piece. You’ll also work on projects in the community, put on public performances and could even go abroad to perform. So, by the time you graduate, you should leave us with the key performance and creative skills that can offer a solid foundation for a range of careers within Music Theatre and the Performing Arts.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Music Theatre is ranked 1st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • Our chamber choir, which is made up of Music Theatre students, has won several national competitions, including the BBC Adult Choir of the Year.
  • This course has a 100% pass rate to date, with most students graduating with a 2:1 or 1st class honours.

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What you'll do

  • You’ll learn by doing – getting involved in a major production of an existing work, as well as creating your own devised work.
  • You’ll learn from experienced and active professionals, like Course Leader, Mark Goggins, who has worked on productions of Cats, Shrek and The Sound of Music.
  • Performance is central to the course – you’ll perform in the community as part of your course, put on public shows and could even perform overseas.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

From the west end and television to voice-over work and cruise ship entertainment, our BA (Hons) Music Theatre course offers the skills and experience you’ll need to perform professionally.

This course offers you the chance to delve into the practical processes of music theatre – giving you the creative skills and performance experience vital for a variety of careers in the entertainment industry.

Every year, we take a Graduate Showcase to an invited audience of industry professionals at a London venue, like the Soho Theatre and the Jermyn Street Theatre. It’s an ideal chance to connect with professionals and highlight your talent.

You’ll also have the chance to attend our cJAM event – an employability fair reimagined for the creative industries. As well as an industry Q&A and a selection of informal networking events, you’ll have the chance to meet industry professionals one-on-one at a huge speed-meeting event – with placements with up to 30 employers up for grabs.

Studying Music Theatre also offers the chance to join the University Chamber Choir. It’s not only a multi-award-winning group – including the Adult Category of Choir of the Year – but also has an annual concert tour in France, while it has also visited Shanghai.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue a wide range of performance-related roles, including musical theatre, television, film, children’s theatre and TV, cruise ship entertainment, teaching and voice-over work – among others.

You could also build on your academic foundations with postgraduate study. Several of our graduates have gone onto master’s courses in Music, Music Theatre Composition, Physical Theatre, Community Theatre, as well as PGCE teacher training, while others have secured prestigious bursaries and scholarships to support their postgraduate training, including the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship and BBC Performing Arts Award.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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