BA Drama: Musical Theatre

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    IB: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Theatre and Performance

Course overview

Studying musical theatre in London offers wonderful opportunities

You will have access to the enormous range of musicals produced at venues from the English National Opera to the tiny King’s Head Theatre. You will be regularly taught by both visiting theatre professionals and core teaching staff, who are themselves either artists or scholars of distinction in the field.

In contrast to conservatory programmes that train students exclusively as performers, this degree will help students who wish to explore and improve their own abilities to become resourceful and well-informed performers, theatre-makers, administrators or teachers in the multifaceted musical theatre industry in Britain and many other countries where musicals are produced.

Your work will be assessed by a wide variety of methods, including performance presentation, individual research and written self-reflection. In addition to performing, you will have the possibility to specialise in devising/writing and directing and will have the option of creating your own musical revues or cabarets as creative projects.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Robert Gordon

Modules & structure

Level 4

In the first year you study the following core modules:

  • Musical Theatre Dramaturgy A (15 credits)
  • Musical Theatre Dramaturgy B (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Music Singing and Music Theory (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Movement and Dance (15 credits)
  • Performance Praxis 1 A: Action (15 credits)
  • Performance Praxis 1 B: Acting: Voice and Text (15 credits)
  • Musical Theatre-making 1 (30 credits)

Level 5

In the second year you study the following core modules:

  • Elements of Theatre History: The Modern American Musical (15 credits)
  • Elements of Theatre History Post-war British Musical Theatre (15 credits)
  • Performance Praxis 2: A (30 credits)
  • Performance Praxis 2: B (30 credits)
  • Musical Theatre-making 2 (30 credits)

Level 3

In the final year you study the following core modules:

  • Culture and Performance A (15 credits)
  • Culture and Performance B (15 credits)
  • Performance Praxis 3 (30 credits)
  • Musical Theatre-making 3 project (30 credits)
  • Writing/Devising project (30 credits)

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. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

Entry requirements

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

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.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above.

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements


The Department of Theatre and Performance offers a vibrant interdisciplinary learning environment, supported by distinguished staff and outstanding facilities.

Theatre and Performance

Study in a department that fuses theory and practice, where you can study diverse subjects, and benefit from our industry links. We're ranked 22nd in the world for performing arts.*

Theory and practice

We balance academic study with creative and technical practice, so you’ll explore hands-on theatre making while developing your knowledge of theatre history and culture.

Diverse subjects

We cover diverse subjects from classical texts and new writing to contemporary writing and performance, and from physical and applied theatres to multimedia/live art.

Distinguished staff

Teaching staff include distinguished researchers and professional theatre-makers.

Industry links

We have international networks in the industry, with regular visits from professionals, and links with associate organisations in London including:


Our excellent facilities include a 160-seat theatre, four performance studios, new scenic workshops, sound studio, and open-access media lab. All supported by an outstanding team of technicians and scenic designers.

Find out more about the Department of Theatre and Performance.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Fees & funding

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