Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

W312

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM/DMM
IB: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

This degree will help you become a resourceful and well-informed performer, theatre-maker, administrator or teacher in the musical theatre industry.

  • You won't just learn about how to be a performer. Instead, you'll have the chance to pick up a whole range of skills including devising and writing plays, directing, and creating your own musical revues or cabarets.

  • Our position in London means access to the enormous range of musicals produced at venues from the English National Opera to the tiny King’s Head Theatre.

  • You'll be regularly taught by both visiting theatre professionals and core teaching staff, who are either artists or scholars of distinction in the field.

Contact the department

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

What you'll study

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)

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops.

You’ll be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through a variety of performances, production processes, essays, group projects, dissertation and timed examinations.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 23% coursework, 78% practical
  • Year 2 - 34% coursework, 66% practical
  • Year 3 - 55% coursework, 10% written, 35% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

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, for the 2019-20 intake. 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

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM/DMM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects

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 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.

Fees & funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £15810

Please note that EU fees are being fixed at the above rate for 2019 entry. The fee level will be fixed for the duration of your programme.

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.

If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.

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.