Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects


3 years full-time

Course overview

Recently named one of the top 50 institutions in the world for studying the performing arts QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, Goldsmiths prepares you to create musical theatre and to find work in the performing arts sector.

  • Our programme encourages you to develop your talents not only as a performer, but also in other areas of musical theatre: as a director, choreographer, musical director, stage manager, writer, dramaturg, publicist, designer, or arts administrator.

  • Rather than training as individual performers, we train as a company, where you’ll be part of a close-knit community of creators and collaborators sharing the responsibilities of producing theatre – from acting to choreographing to publicising to ticketing. We believe that this maximises your artistic experiences and your professional opportunities once you leave.

  • You'll take one-on-one singing lessons with our lecturing vocal coach, who has trained performers who have worked in many West End shows.

  • You'll study movement fundamentals, jazz, and tap. Our tap teacher brings their West End experience to the classroom as they teach all levels of students.

  • We supplement our dance courses with dance workshops and we regularly supplement our singing courses with master classes with visiting artists.

  • Goldsmiths has a range of studios from the George Wood Theatre, where we produce mainstage musical theatre productions; to several black box studios; to the dance rehearsal studio; to the outdoor stage. These facilities are regularly available for student booking as you develop your own work.

  • The programme focuses on a series of performance benchmarks that involve different genres of professional musical theatre performance. Your first year culminates in a cabaret, usually held at an off-West End venue; your second year involves actively developing a new piece of musical theatre; and the third year involves a major production of a licensed show.

  • You will have the opportunity to develop your own work. The department offers competitive grants and associate artist positions, as well as our rehearsal studios, to help facilitate student work. 

  • Modules in musical theatre history and theory will help you to think critically about musical theatre, performance, and representation.  At Goldsmiths, we think through the ethics of musical theatre and understand where musical theatre has been so that you can take it to new places in the future.

  • We are proud partners with IRIE! Dance Theatre, whose work embodies many African Dance traditions and contemporary dance styles and with whom we share workshop experiences.

  • As a university in London, Goldsmiths is a 15-minute tube journey from the heart of theatre in Britain, not to mention a range of museums, concert halls, cabaret and jazz clubs, and other cultural venues.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Bradley Rogers or Luis Garcia.

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What you'll study

Note about optional modules (if available): The below is indicative of the typical modules offered, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. The module content and availability is subject to change.

Year 1

In the first year, you study the following compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Critical Dialogues A 15 credits
Introduction to Movement and Dance 15 credits
Musical Theatre: Dramaturgy A 15 credits
Introduction to singing and music theory 15 credits
Musical Theatre-making 1 30 credits
Performance Praxis 1A: Action 15 credits
Performance Praxis 1B: Acting, Voice, and Text 15 credits

Year 2

In your second year, you'll study the following compulsory modules. In addition to these modules, you'll also choose to study either The Goldsmiths Social Change Module or Global Theatre Histories: Musical Theatre.

Module title Credits
The Goldsmiths Elective 15 credits
Performance Praxis 2A: Acting and the Song 30 credits
Performance Praxis 2B: Dance and Musical Staging 15 credits
Musical Theatre-making 2 30 credits

Year 3

In your final year, you will study the following compulsory modules.

Module title Credits
Culture and Performance A 15 Credits
Culture and Performance B: Musical Theatre in a Multicultural Society 15 credits
Performance Praxis 3: Working in the Industry 30 credits
Musical Theatre-making 3: Collaborative Project 30 credits
Devising Project: the Professional Showcase 30 credits

Teaching style

Our contact hours include lectures, seminars, workshops, and performances.  As part of a rigorous university course, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study including production and project work, rehearsals and preparation for essays, discussions, and readings.  Full-time students should expect to undertake a weekly minimum of 35-40 hours of study, understood as a combination of classwork and independent preparation.

How you’ll be assessed

We incorporate a range of assessments into our curriculum.  Performance assessments include a licensed book musical, an excerpt of a new musical in development, a cabaret show, a musical revue, as well as individual scenes and songs.  Other courses culminate in a tap routine, a choreographed jazz dance, and written essays. Extensive support is provided in the first year to help students prepare to write essays.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

Suitably qualified applicants will be invited to a workshop/audition day in which they will be required to sing a 2-minute prepared song and participate in a movement workshop.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision.

We’ll pay particularly careful attention to your personal statement, which is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the subject you’ve applied for. Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £20160

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.