Musical Theatre BA (Hons)
UCAS code: T279
Does the stage call to you? Immerse yourself in the history, culture and characters of musical theatre. Refine your technique and develop your own style as you act, sing and dance to a professional level on our musical theatre degree.
|Course length:||3 years full-time
6 years part-time
|Start dates:||September 2023|
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example offers:||BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria|
|Subject(s):||Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre|
|Faculty:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||English and Creative Arts|
Singing workshops. Dance technique. Acting through song. Our specialist musical theatre course prepares you for a life under the lights. You’ll blend practical training with reflective study as you develop as an artist.
Exciting live performance takes centre stage throughout the course. You’ll explore ensemble work, dance theatre and innovative interpretations in our Arts Centre.
Find room to experiment in our dance studios, black box drama studios, and rehearsal rooms. Train your voice in our digital sound studio, music practice studios and recital room. Perform in our theatres and outdoor amphitheatre.
Our outstanding links with the performing arts industry mean you could make connections you’ll carry throughout your career. New musical theatre is part of our course DNA, and in 2022 students and staff produced the world premiere of new musical The Girl in The Hat. In 2023 we’ll be raising the curtain on another musical theatre premiere, Pop Art.
International students can apply
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
Where did today’s song and dance styles originate? Begin by learning how to critique key works and important figures from the industry’s history. Study trends in choreography and examine the relationship between words and music. Then develop your talents as you experiment with a range of acting, dancing and vocal techniques.
Module code: DRA1301
Module code: MTH1301
Module code: PAR1300
Module code: MTH1302
Module code: MTH1300
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Module code: PAR1301
Module code: TLC1010
In Year 2, you’ll develop your own distinctive voice. See how social questions connect to movements within musical theatre. Analyse important theatre-makers in context. Then take part in creating an original piece of work, informed by your studies. You’ll support your growth by picking two modules to develop your interests – choose from options including Choreography and Technique for Musical Theatre and Applied, Community and Outreach Practice.
Module code: DRA2300
Module code: MTH2301
Module code: MTH2302
Module code: PAR2300
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Module code: PAR2301
Module code: MTH2303
Module code: TLC2000
Grow into an independent artist in Year 3. Create and perform ensemble pieces using everything you’ve learned throughout your musical theatre degree. We’ll help you explore practice-as-research and artistic debate and develop your personal portfolio. You’ll also study specific aspects of musical theatre, with the option to explore jazz dance. Learn how to set up a performance company and apply for funding, too.
Module code: DRA3300
Module code: PAR3303
Module code: PAR3302
Module code: MTH3301
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Module code: DAN3302
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Through formal lectures and seminars, practical workshops, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in your future career. Alongside your study programme, you will maintain person reflective journals and prepare practice CVs for employment.
Through compulsory full-scale productions you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in live theatre in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.
Some modules include placements alongside taught sessions. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to undertake placements with companies and organisations including ENB Dance for Parkinson’s, Wired Aerial Theatre, Avanti, U Dance and The Lowry in Salford. They have also delivered a number of workshops in regional education and community settings.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment is through a balanced mixture of practical and written work including essays, reflective journals, workshop performances, full productions and oral presentations and you can expect to be tested on both your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on your learning in each assessment and use journals to reflect regularly on your personal development.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professionally-experienced practitioners and benefit from a wide range of learning experiences. Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and supported by a team of technicians.
To enhance your experience, the department has industry links with a range of professional bodies both regionally and nationally, for example the Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Liverpool.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
All offers are made on the basis of an audition. Applicants are asked to demonstrate their engagement and skill in singing, acting and dance. You will be asked to prepare and present a song from the musical theatre genre and take part in a practical dance workshop.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.
Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The Department of English and Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement English and Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
You’ll leave us ready to launch your career in the theatre, the media, or community arts. Our musical theatre students graduate with a competitive set of practical skills backed by relevant knowledge and a deep understanding of the industry.
Some of our graduates set up their own independent theatre companies in fringe and community arts. Throughout the course, we support your entrepreneurial instincts, such as how to win funding and find performance opportunities.
Our EHU-Arts HUB offers professional opportunities to ensure you are industry-ready. We have alumni at professional companies and in theatre administration. We also have students who choose to focus on community work.
Other career options include pursuing further academic study, such as taking a postgraduate route into teaching.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, 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.
Entry requirements updated to remove preferred subjects.
The audition process no longer includes a written task.
DRA1301 Acting Fundamentals (20 credits), MTH1300 What Made Musical Theatre? Approaches to History and Development 1 (20 credits), MTH1301 Musical Theatre Dance Techniques (20 credits), MTH1302 Voice and Musicianship 1 (20 credits) and PAR1300 Performance Contexts (20 credits) replace MTH1101 Introducing Musical Theatre (20 credits), MTH1102 Studying Musical Theatre (20 credits), MTH1103 Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre (20 credits), MTH1104 Acting Technique for Musical Theatre (20 credits) and MTH1105 Words and Music (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. PAR1301 Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 1 (20 credits) replaces MTH1106 Musical Theatre Dance Technique (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.
DRA2300 Acting: Genres and Styles (20 credits), MTH2301 What Made Musical Theatre? Approaches to History and Development 2 (20 credits), MTH2302 Voice and Musicianship 2 (20 credits) and PAR2300 Performance Contexts 2 (20 credits) replace MTH2101 Approaches to Musical Theatre (20 credits), MTH2102 Musical Theatre Practitioners (20 credits), MTH2103 Acting Through Song (20 credits) and MTH2104 Creating Musical Theatre Performance (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. MTH2303 Choreography and Technique for Musical Theatre (20 credits) and PAR2301 Applied, Community and Outreach Practice 2 (20 credits) replace DAN2107 Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits), DRA2105 Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits), DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits), MTH2105 Popular Musicals (20 credits) and MTH2106 Musical Theatre Dance Technique 2 (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2.
DRA3300 Acting Reconsidered (20 credits), MTH3301 Voice and Musicianship 3 (20 credits), PAR3302 Research Project (40 credits) and PAR3303 Creative Entrepreneurship: Production and Touring (20 credits) replace MTH3103 Musical Theatre Ensemble Production (20 credits), PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) and PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. DAN3302 Jazz Dance Routes (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. DAN3104 Jazz Dance (20 credits), DRA3107 On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits), MTH3102 Musical Theatre Dance Performance (20 credits), MTH3104 American Musicals (20 credits), MTH3105 Directing for Musical Theatre (20 credits) and MTH3106 Professional Portfolio Development (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.
DES2107 Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.
DES3104 Advanced Prosthetic Makeup and Special Effects (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.