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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.

Student performing during Musical Theatre show

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

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 will depend on whether you're a UK and EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

UK and EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £9,250 per year for full time UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK, EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to the above courses is £4,265 per year.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Find out more about funding for Foundation or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to our Foundation, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and undergraduate Health degrees is £12,750 per year for international (non-EU) students.

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

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support

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


Whilst 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.


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


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


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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