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Undergraduate course

Musical Theatre BA (Hons)

Sing, dance and act, that's Musical Theatre. Work with lecturers and students in music and theatre to gain skills and experience in musical theatre.

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The recent growth of musical theatre as an art form has seen this genre become a driving force in the performing arts. From stage to screen, from the spectacular to the intimate, from jukebox musical to the political musical, creativity and expression have exploded across our culture. Our Musical Theatre course focuses on creating and performing small scale performances. We will encourage you to think creatively while being aware of current social and environmental issues.

  • Subject to final approval

York campus

  • UCAS Code – W3MT
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Minimum Entry Requirements

    88 UCAS points

    3 GCSEs Graded at C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

This is a great time to get involved in this multidisciplinary art form. You will develop skills in music, theatre and movement as you grow as a musical theatre performer. We have decades of experience in delivering theatre and music courses. Supporting you to become a skilled and creative performer is what we do. 

While studying Musical Theatre, you wll gain core skills across several disciplines. From acting and dance to music and movement, you will feel confident to take on any role in musical theatre. To be a skilled performance-maker you must be able to think on your feet and solve problems. 

We will engage you in critical thinking and communication practice. This readies you for your career and life beyond university. Together with your peers you will reflect on performance practices in musical theatre and critique them, working to innovate new ways of working. 

We are proud of our commitment to engaging with social-political issues through performance. We will open up opportunities for you to explore musical theatre in the community. To ignite creativity and inspire the musical theatre makers of the future.

Course structure

Level 1 

In the first year, you will collaborate with students from across a range of music and drama courses. This allows you to share knowledge, experience and learn from each other.

Modules may include: 

  • Ensemble Performance 
  • Voice 
  • Acting  
  • Music studies

All modules are subject to validation. Titles and credits are subject to change. 

Level 2 

Modules may include:

  • Making Musical Theatre 
  • Ensemble Performance 
  • Socially engaged performance 
  • Optional modules from a selection of areas such as community practice, drama, dance and music modules

All modules are subject to validation. Titles and credits are subject to change.

Level 3

Modules may include: 

  • Ensemble Performance Project 
  • Solo performance 
  • Research and Enterprise in Musical Theatre 
  • Dissertation 

All modules are subject to validation. Titles and credits are subject to change.

Teaching & Assessment

The Musical Theatre course is delivered using a variety of teaching methods. These include: 

  • Practical workshops 
  • Small scale production creation in our studios 
  • Lectures 

You will also be expected to undertake further reading around the subjects you are studying and complete your assignments in addition to your taught sessions.

There are no written exams on this course and you will be assessed largely through practical work and performances. Other types of assessment include: 

  • Written assignments reflecting on the development of practical work 
  • Written essays 
  • Dissertation projects in your final year. 

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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