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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Deepen your knowledge of the world of musical theatre.

Train as a triple threat performer

Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.

Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.

Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.



UCAS points 96

UCAS code MST1

Duration 3 years full-time

Course Summary

Successful musicals can run for decades and a lot of people are needed to keep all that jazz on the road. As well as performers, musical theatre requires writers, composers, choreographers and directors to make it a success.

The Musical Theatre degree is designed for students with a passion for acting, music, and dance. You’ll gain an understanding of musical theatre forms such as revue, book, juke box and rock through practical exploration. You’ll do weekly intensive skills training in singing, dance and movement with industry professionals. There are multiple opportunities for public performances in our versatile 300 seat theatre and you’ll perform in a full-length musical directed and designed by industry professionals in the final year.

You'll be a member of The Actor's Wheel theatre company, learning about every aspect of theatre from audition through to performance including marketing, production and financial management.

Why this course at Marjon?

Become a triple threat, develop your music and singing skills, dance techniques and acting under the guidance of industry professionals and directors.

Expand your musical theatre network through workshops with a wide range of musical industry contacts.

Ongoing singing training.

Perform in our 300-seat theatre and black box studio theatre.

Acting, singing and dancing taught by industry professionals.

Graduate with a piece of original musical theatre ready to perform, a business plan and marketing materials including headshots, show and voice reels, a CV full of experience and a strong alumni network of working professionals.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

During your first year you will explore approaches to acting on stage and learn how music interacts with performance in a practical environment. In the second year you will gain an understanding of the history behind musical theatre and further explore the theory behind music and singing in popular culture. You’ll bring these skills together in various performances across the year. Your third year focusses on preparing you for entering the industry with modules on building your portfolio, insider tips on getting job opportunities and a dissertation.
Sarah McAdam - Director of the School of Arts and Humanities


1st Year

Theory and Practice 1
This module lays the foundation for thinking about musical theatre, providing the tools to communicate your ideas clearly, concisely and creatively whilst considering how the ideas of key practitioners might be used to influence or shape performance practice.
Craft and Discipline
Begin to develop your actor’s tool kit, with a foundation in core rehearsal techniques and skills in voice, movement, acting and improvisation that you can utilise and develop throughout the course and your career.
Dance Technique and Improvisation
Practical dance training focussing on a range of contemporary techniques and development of individual creativity through exploring the process of choreography from stimuli through to performance.
Practical training in script analysis, researching the world of the play, exploring subtext and character development, using the methods of Stanislavski to bring late nineteenth century scripts to life.
Singing and Music: Theory and Practice 1
Introduction to the core singing and music skills of the Actor Musician, focusing on developing the technical skills as both a solo and ensemble performer.
Ensemble Performance 1
Create, rehearse, and perform an original project, under the guidance of a creative team of experienced practitioners for public performance.

2nd Year

Popular Forms
A practical study of key popular theatre forms including forms such as Musical Theatre, Pantomime, Music Hall/Variety, Slapstick, Puppetry and Clowning leading to a performance.
Singing and Music: Theory and Practice 2
Intensive development of singing and music skills for performance, focusing on extending technical skills as both a solo and ensemble performer.
Dance and Musical Theatre styles
Practical dance training focussing on jazz and tap for musical theatre performance, and development of dance routines for performance.
Theory and Practice 2
This module provides the opportunity to choose an area of interest within musical theatre and develop this specialism, with supervision, for your own personal career development.
Ensemble Performance 2
As a company your will explore a range of musical theatre styles then rehearse musical theatre work for public performance under the guidance of a creative team of experienced practitioners.

3rd Year

The Freelance Artist
Gain the creative business skills and industry knowledge necessary to build your career as a working actor musician. Develop your brand, networking, audition, financial, and marketing skills. The module concludes with the creation of a portfolio of all the materials including cv, headshots, and audition material needed to launch your musical theatre career.
Acting through Song
Apply acting skills to the exploration of plot, character, context, relationships, and subtext to the development of songs and scenes for performance.
Festival Performance
Working within standard industry guidelines for festival performances create a self-directed small-scale musical theatre show. Take responsibility for every aspect of the performance from development through to marketing and liaising with technicians. The module concludes with a public performance festival.
Directed Production
Rehearse and perform a full length musical theatre show under the guidance of a professional guest director. This module concludes your actor musician training.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How do I become a triple threat?

How do I make a career out of musical theatre?

What is acting through song?

How do I develop my brand as a musical theatre performer?

Jazz hands - love 'em or hate 'em?

How do you get an agent?

What might you become?

Students graduating from this course will have a range of skills which could be used in careers around performance and theatre. They will also have broad transferable skills around research, communication and confidence in order to move into other roles across the creative arts industry.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Every lecturer is a practicing professional in their field ensuring they are up to date with current industry practice, we also draw on an extensive network of visiting industry professionals and directors.

Students are taught through reflective praxis, which is a process of learning through doing and reflecting. This includes practical classes developing you as triple threat in singing, acting and dance, preparing you for all aspects of the production process from auditioning through rehearsal and performance.

Students are taught through weekly classes alternated with blocks of intense daily rehearsals for productions.

How will you be assessed?

Students are assessed through practical work. This is supported by research and reflection which is assessed by presentations, written work including essays and blogs as well as discussion. There are no written exams.

Course leader

Dr Eleanor Chadwick

Ellie is a theatre practitioner and researcher with international experience. As a resident artist at the Watershed Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol with her company Sleight of Hand, Ellie directs and produces experimental theatre practice using immersive technologies and community-engaged approaches. She has previously worked for the University of Bristol, the University of Warwick, and Shanghai Theatre Academy. In addition to teaching at Marjon, Ellie continues to work for a variety of companies and venues as a freelance theatre director in London, the South West, and further afield.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum

Funding available for this course


Additional costs:




Kate Massey-Chase


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Kate is an experienced Performing Arts teacher. She is passionate about social justice and the use of drama and theatre for social and political purposes, and as a platform for individual or social change. She is currently researching the use of theatre in mental health contexts.

Katy Morse

Visiting lecturer

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Katy is a professional actor and has performed in many musicals on UK national tours, including at the Victoria Palace, London and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. She teaches Performing Arts in Education and Musical Theatre.


Judy Preston


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Judy, who has studied both drama and dance, has an extensive range of performance experience including experimental and musical theatre work. She has directed a number of works including at the National Festival of Reminiscence, Niki McCrettons’ award-winning solo performance of Wormhole and Su Squire’s highly acclaimed devised pieces, One Voice and Choked. She brings experience from community drama and as a Head of Drama and Theatre Studies in schools.


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