Musical theatre students, many with arms aloft, perform a song.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Combine acting, singing and dancing as you work towards professional standards, create and reflect critically on musical theatre performance practices, and benefit from individual singing lessons.

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      UCAS Code: T279
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      Practical creation of musical theatre and live performance are at the heart of this degree, as you balance imagination, technique enhancement and theoretical study to develop into a reflective, expressive and highly employable practitioner. As part of our musical theatre community you should be passionate and motivated to develop skills in singing, acting and dance, considering how these three specialisms interact to create musical theatre. This programme offers you the opportunity to develop your practical technique and performance skills, as well as your critical and analytical abilities to develop your understanding of musical theatre beyond its external veneer.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      In Year 1 you will develop the foundation practical, academic and critical thinking skills that will be enhanced during your degree. The history and development of musical theatre is explored to build your understanding of the genre, alongside critical analysis and cultural context. In practical sessions, you will engage with the work of a variety of practitioners across the spectrum of dance, acting and singing technique to augment your performance work.

      In Year 2 critical enquiry into musical theatre builds on the critical and analytical skills developed in Year 1. You will gain knowledge of key practitioners and movements and embody this understanding in your practical work. Compulsory modules in the study of acting through song, creation of musical theatre performance and musical theatre practitioners are complemented with optional opportunities to explore areas such as acting, writing and dance, as well as specialist musical theatre options.

      In Year 3 you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary musical theatre practice and undertake increasingly independent work, developing practical and theoretical specialisms. Compulsory modules examine current theoretical work in the field of performance and the embodiment of practical skills and ideas in a musical theatre ensemble production. You will also undertake an independent musical theatre dissertation project. Your compulsory modules are complemented with advanced elective opportunities in areas such as acting, directing and dance, as well as specialist musical theatre options.

      How will I 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 will I 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 for any Musical Theatre module on this degree, though one of the optional Language modules is part-assessed by written examinations, should you choose to learn a language as an integrated element of the programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      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 wide range of professional bodies both regionally and nationally. These include Ludus Dance, The Grand Theatre in Blackpool, Dance Manchester, Lisa Simpson Dance, Curious Minds, the LPM Dance Theatre, Culture Warrington, the Merseyside Dance Initiative, and Arts Council England.

      These well-established links have enabled students to gain experience creating, performing and touring work by professionals including Theo Clinkard, Joss Arnott, Company Chameleon, Garry Clarke, Sally Marie, James Wilton , Alesandra Seutin and Eleanor Perry.

      A Great Study Environment

      A Musical Theatre student, wearing a boiler suit, performs a song with other members of the cast stood to the back of the stage behind him.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 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 Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      MTH1101Introducing Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Introducing Musical Theatre explores the emergence and development of musical theatre as a distinctive genre within the performing arts. Through a study of key works and practitioners that have shaped the genre, you will develop a broad, historically informed understanding of musical theatre as a distinctive form of theatrical performance. You will increase the breadth and depth of your understanding of what constitutes musical Theatre. By studying the varied roles that music has had throughout the history of theatrical performance, you will also gain knowledge of the precursory developments in theatrical performance that led to the emergence of musical theatre as a distinctive genre in the 19th century.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MTH1102Studying Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Studying Musical Theatre introduces you to methods of close observation which facilitate your skills in identifying, describing and interpreting musical theatre. Alongside focused studio practice, you will watch and write about live and recorded musical theatre performances using a range of practical, observational and textual frameworks to support analytical description. You may also investigate wider processes of musical theatre documentation, such as writing reviews, journals and critical reflection.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      MTH1103Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre explores vocal technique to help you develop healthy and sustainable practice. The module will also link vocal technique with other necessary skills, such as aural and music theory. It will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, small group teaching and one-to-one lessons to give you an opportunity to explore vocal technique for musical theatre deeply and develop your vocal capabilities.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      MTH1104Acting Technique for Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Acting Technique for Musical Theatre provides an opportunity to explore a variety of approaches, techniques and theories tailored to the specific demands of acting for musical theatre. You will develop your skills and understanding in acting elements (presence, character, language, space, body, text, narrative, genre, period, and locational context) which will be contextualised in a range of performance genres, including musical theatre. A range of theorists and theoretically-informed practitioners will be explored in relation to the development of acting technique with the aim of enhancing your ability to reflect critically on your own performance practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      MTH1105Words and Music (20 credits)

      Words and Music focuses upon a fundamental aspect of the genre of musical theatre that will equip you with an understanding of issues that impact upon the creation and performance of musical theatre works. You will critically examine approaches to the combination of text and music. Initially taking examples from across a range of genres, classical and popular, the module will progress to focus upon music in theatre, from opera to musical theatre. This will be undertaken as a series of case studies, with the intention to develop your critical awareness and understanding of a range of techniques and practices. These will include solo song/aria, duos and ensembles and larger structures (e.g. the finale). The study will further examine the role and function of the librettist, and the relationship between composer and librettist (if they are not the same person). You will also be presented with opportunities to develop your own creative practice in the combination of words and music.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      MTH1106Musical Theatre Dance Technique (20 credits)

      Musical Theatre Dance Technique introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of dance within the musical theatre genre studying the historic context of the form within focused studio practice. The module outlines the origins of the development of concert dance and its development to current musical theatre choreographic trends. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts, identifying and introducing vaudeville, musical comedy and jazz dance techniques.

      Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

      You have the option to learn a language and study Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied in Year 1 instead of MTH1106 Musical Theatre Dance Technique.

      TLC1010Language 1 (20 credits)

      TLC1010 Language 1 is ideal if you want to learn a new language, or further develop your current language skills, as an integrated element of your degree. You can study French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish (subject to minimum numbers for your preferred language). Delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, the module will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be placed on all four areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will play an active role in the weekly two-hour classes, engaging in role-plays, short conversations, videos, authentic texts and listening materials. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your own learning needs. On enrolment to the module, you will complete a language induction form and be placed into a language level group appropriate for your prior knowledge of your chosen language. Please note, while we will endeavour to accommodate varying language levels per module, this is not always possible. While you can join the module with some prior experience of your target language, you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      MTH2101Approaches to Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Approaches to Musical Theatre develops your critical skills by relating distinct theoretical concepts and movements to musical theatre examples. The module seeks to break down the simple notion that theory is something to be ‘applied’ to practice, seeing it rather in historical context as continually interconnected and often inseparable from practice. In requiring you to think more critically about musical theatre and the intersections of theory and practice, the module entails a reflection on how art movements have articulated social concerns and discourses, dwelling on questions of efficacy, responsibility and ethics.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MTH2102Musical Theatre Practitioners (20 credits)

      Musical Theatre Practitioners consists of a series of case studies of significant musical theatre practitioners. Lectures will focus on analyses of key works by significant practitioners, examining ‘internal’ aspects of the work, such as arrangement and composition techniques, choreography and design, as well as ‘external’ or contextual aspects contributing to the meaning, understanding and historical significance of individual works. Key works will be analysed and placed within the context of a practitioner’s oeuvre but also within the social, cultural and historical context within which this oeuvre emerged.

      Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

      MTH2103Acting Through Song (20 credits)

      Acting Through Song supports you in developing specialist vocal skills in a chosen area of musical theatre performance. The development of specialist skills is underpinned by analysis of both scores and significant performers. Adding depth to a broad knowledge of the trajectory from text to stage, and passing through preparation of scores and texts, interpretation, analysis, rehearsal and performance, this module presents an opportunity for you to develop a distinctive voice, as well as a specialism within the broad field of musical theatre performance. You will also develop a range of exercises to further develop, strengthen and preserve the voice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      MTH2104Creating Musical Theatre Performance (20 credits)

      Creating Musical Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of the creation of a piece of musical theatre.  You will apply and strengthen your knowledge of musical theatre and performance to create an original piece of work. The practical work is informed both by the research into, and study of, various strategies and methodologies employed by practitioners creating original work from a variety of sources. This module will enable you to take individual and collective responsibility in the researching and rehearsing of an improvised and devised presentation. The aim is to foster the requisite skills for future professional employment opportunities using original material.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will select two of the following optional modules:

      DAN2107Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits)

      Dance Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of contemporary dance theatre. The module explores choreographic and creative strategies while also enabling the acquisition and development of embodied knowledge and skills through the context of a tutor-led production. Relevant historical, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives will be considered and you will be required to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA2105Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits)

      Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development examines the histories of performance interventions in local and global contexts and explores critically, using historical and contemporary case studies, the consequences and meanings of those interventions. There will also be opportunities for observation and practical experience of group creative projects. The module provides an essential introduction to creating performances and facilitating workshops in response to the identified needs of a specific community, a particular community grouping. You will experience and interrogate theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts as you focus on theatre making that takes place in a range of settings.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA2107The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits)

      The Art and Craft of the Playwright is a practical and theoretical interrogation of the historical and cultural significance of the playwright, in addition to the idea of the play-text. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the idea of the play. You will learn about the art of the playwright, subject that art to close analysis, and put your learning into practice. Investigating the historical and contemporary role of the writer in the context of live performance, the module will enhance your appreciation of what the scripted play does and how its elements function in the theatre, informing your own critical interpretations and supporting your individual creative attempts to grapple with the making of a play-text.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MTH2105Popular Musicals (20 credits)

      Popular Musicals explores the idea and form of the popular musical. Referring to an art form being “of the people”, attaining commercial success or being presented according to a “pop” aesthetic, the idea of the popular will be discussed and explored through analysis of selected musical theatre works. From politically charged works aligned with folk and Marxist notions of “the people” to the popular megamusical, differing concepts and diverse realisations of the popular will be explored through forms of musical theatre. You will develop a perspective on the idea of the popular in alignment with exemplary musical theatre works.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      MTH2106Musical Theatre Dance Technique 2 (20 credits)

      Musical Theatre Dance Technique 2 is a practice-based module that introduces you to dance making and movement enquiry. You will investigate musical theatre choreographic concepts, working directly with a score and lyrics and developing knowledge of compositional devices. The aim is to explore a variety of movement styles through experiential analysis of jazz/musical theatre dance practice.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      If you studied a Language module in Year 1, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC2000Language 2 (20 credits)

      TLC2000 Language 2 enables you to build on and develop your previous language knowledge in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish. You must have either studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC1010 Language 1. You will gain the language skills necessary to become a more proficient user of the language. Classes will be taught in an interactive and communicative manner using authentic materials to promote meaningful communication. They will be conducted in the target language as much as possible. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other communication skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      MTH3103Musical Theatre Ensemble Production (20 credits)

      Musical Theatre Ensemble Production is concerned with producing creative work that investigates and interrogates approaches to musical theatre and performance-making in the contemporary era. You will examine the work of key performance practitioners, creating ensemble productions that respond to the aesthetic directions being taken in contemporary performance practice, or which are inspired by a contemporary production ethos.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PAR3101Researching Performance (20 credits)

      Researching Performance cultivates an awareness of theoretical, methodological, and artistic debates that may provide the framework for conducting an independent research project. The module is structured around key methodological questions and concerns that need to be considered when formulating a research project, with particular reference to research into contemporary performance practices, from live art to dance theatre in the late 20th and early 21st century. You will consider what constitutes research, look at how to design a research project and how to write a research paper, and explore current trends in performance research. The module also introduces practice-as-research and practice-based research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PAR3104Dissertation (20 credits)

      Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will select three of the following optional modules:

      DAN3104Jazz Dance (20 credits)

      Jazz Dance introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of jazz dance, studying the historical context of the form alongside focused studio practice. The module interrogates jazz dance from a traditional perspective, looking at its origins in New Orleans, to its development as concert dance in New York, and its impact on American theatre dance. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts. This will include tap dance, social/concert dance, and modern jazz dance influences.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA3107On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits)

      On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds enables you to experience and interrogate interventionist theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Working individually or as part of a group, you will have the opportunity to plan, create and implement a company-based practical project. This will involve all aspects of conceptualising, forming a sustaining an interventionist theatre company. You will generate an original company profile and devise a clear company purpose and intent. From applying for funding, through to project completion and evaluation, you will design and implement placement-based events which explicitly address the needs of an agreed target audience or client group.  Viable creative and administrative structures will also need to be established.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      MTH3102Musical Theatre Dance Performance (20 credits)

      Musical Theatre Dance Performance offers you the opportunity to develop your movement skills and techniques. The module also expands your potential as an emerging musical theatre professional. A combination of sessions relevant to current dance practices from the jazz dance tradition are complemented by other relevant musical theatre dance forms. These experiences will be underscored and widened through related approaches to singing and acting.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      MTH3104American Musicals (20 credits)

      American Musicals is a module which recognises that while musical theatre is established as a global form, American musical theatre retains a distinctive and influential identity. You will explore the emergence and development of American musical theatre throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The module focuses specifically upon a critical examination of the historical relationship between American musical theatre and identity formation from the national to the personal. While principally situated within the context of American national, sub-cultural and personal identity formation, the study of American musical theatres necessarily examines the global reach and impact of this specific form of musical theatre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

      MTH3105Directing for Musical Theatre (20 credits)

      Directing for Musical Theatre engages with the multi-faceted role of directing for musical theatre incorporating theories and approaches to contemporary directing theory and practice. You will investigate a variety of texts exploring directorial choices and approaches informed by research and practical exploration.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      MTH3106Professional Portfolio Development (20 credits)

      Professional Portfolio Development provides you with valuable experience and develops the requisite skills and practical materials for future employment opportunities. The module will tie together your subject knowledge and practical skills in the research and development of a detailed professional portfolio that may be used as a live document for the working musical theatre practitioner from the perspective of both creativity and business. The aim is to comprehensively explore and develop your professional strengths and capabilities as an individual and collaborative musical theatre practitioner.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      TLC3000Language 3 (20 credits)

      TLC3000 Language 3 further enhances your language skills in French, German, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish and introduces you to a new culture and way of life. It is suitable if you have studied the prior language module in the previous year of your degree or if you can demonstrate equivalent knowledge of your target language (though you will not be able to study a language you are already fluent or proficient in). The language levels available will be determined by the continuation of corresponding groups from module TLC2000 Language 2. You will develop language skills to a level of proficiency that will enable you to spend time living or working abroad. Classes will be conducted as much as possible in the target language. They will be taught in an interactive, communicative manner, using authentic materials in the target language. Emphasis will be on speaking and listening, with appropriate attention also being paid to other skills. Other work will include a variety of tasks which may be completed in the Language Centre.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

      In addition to the optional module choices listed above, it may be possible to apply to take an alternative 20 credit module in Year 2 and/or an alternative 20 credit module in Year 3 from outside the programme curriculum. Some restrictions on this elective module choice may apply.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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 Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies, Musical Theatre or Dance. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in musical theatre.

      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. You will also complete a written task, which gives you an opportunity to articulate your ideas about musical theatre practice.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • 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.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      The programme prepares you for future employment by equipping you with a competitive, relevant set of subject-specific knowledge, understanding and practical skills, alongside a comprehensive set of graduate intellectual and transferable skills. Emphasis is given to providing skills development and practice in supporting students to appreciate the value of entrepreneurial engagement.

      Our Employers’ Advisory Panel (EAP) provide advice and support with curriculum development and the department’s EHU-Arts HUB offers a suite of professional opportunities that will ensure you are industry-ready.

      Graduates will be qualified to seek a career in theatre, media, teaching (further training required), community work, professional companies, theatre administration, community arts and postgraduate study. Some of our graduates have set up their own independent theatre companies in fringe and community arts.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study;
      • Elective Modules – you may be able to apply to substitute one optional module in Year 2 and/or one optional module in Year 3 with alternative elective modules from outside the programme curriculum.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit (subject to final Government approval). This is equivalent to £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

      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.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide for your intended mode of study.

      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 should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      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

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      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      17th January 2022 - Withdrawal of Modules

      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.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      22nd January 2021 - Change of Modules

      PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) replaces MTH3101 Researching Musical Theatre (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3. MTH3102 Musical Theatre Dance Performance (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional in Year 3.

      12th February 2020 - Change to Entry Requirements

      104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2021 entry.

      Covid-19 - Musical Theatre Essential Information

      Musical Theatre Course Statement

      Weekly delivery to consist of six hours of onsite teaching supported by six hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial, lecture, practical work) and asynchronous (lecture, rehearsal, practical work) learning activities and academic support. Where modules would usually include a placement alongside taught sessions, the latter may not happen in academic year 2020/21. Full-scale productions in front of a live audience are also unlikely, replaced by smaller pieces with no audience, in line with government guidance. The Arts Centre's offering will be limited at least in the autumn semester with no live performances.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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