IB: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects
3 years full-time
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
What you'll study
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)
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)
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)
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 - 22% coursework, 78% practical
- Year 2 - 34% coursework, 66% practical
- Year 3 - 32% coursework, 68% practical
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. 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.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall including 3 HL subjects
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.
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.
Fees & funding
Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.
The Department of Theatre and Performance provides students with budgets for all practice-based exercises, which students manage as part of their learning. Students also receive free printed readers for most lecture seminar classes. On this basis, there is no essential additional cost to students on our programmes.