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  • Learn from a friendly and supportive teaching team who have been engaged in musical theatre, acting, singing and dance in professional contexts

  • Rehearse and perform in our excellent Performing Arts Studios which provide six bespoke spaces and the latest technology for your productions 

  • Performing Arts at Winchester achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

  • Work on exciting collaborations with industry partners who make sure you are tuned in to the latest training for the contemporary performing arts 

  • Produce and perform a final full-scale production with fellow students in a large public venue 

Musical theatre dazzles, delights and inspires us. But it’s not all about singalongs and dancing in the aisles. In some groundbreaking productions, musical theatre has been used to confront social issues using humour, passion and pathos. 

If you share the same strength of feeling and energy that charges these type of shows and enjoy collaborating creatively with others then our Musical Theatre degree is just the ticket for you. It combines drama, dance, voice and performing arts in a rewarding and vibrant programme that engages with historical and contemporary musical theatre. 

Our aim is to put you through your paces and encourage you to become a well-rounded and versatile performer. To achieve this we offer a rich learning experience which brings together movement, acting and singing with both theory and practice. Teaching takes place in a unique interdisciplinary environment drawing on the combined strengths of staff from the Drama and Performing Arts departments. 

Your first year provides a foundation of skills training and understanding of the history and contexts within which musical theatre is made. 

Year 2 continues to balance discussion of how musical theatre works are put together and how they impact audiences, with opportunities to develop practically through core modules such as The Role of the Actor: Voice, Body, Ethics, and Development of the Voice. In addition, there is a range of choices through which you can begin to personalise your experience and there are opportunities to study abroad in America.  

Year 3 is your chance to fly. There are more opportunities to specialise and explore ideas alongside preparation for future careers through further skills training, and modules such as Creative Entrepreneurship and Production. External experiences such as internships and collaborations are accompanied by a directed production working with fellow students and an independent supervised project in an area that inspires you. 

You graduate with practical performance skills, industry knowledge, and an impressive work portfolio under your belt -- basically you are ready to hit the West End, Broadway and beyond with the confidence to pursue your dream job. 

Musical theatre is a diverse and dynamic industry and this is reflected in the careers open to graduates who go on to find roles as musical theatre professionals creating, performing, researching or writing. Others work for theatrical houses that either receive shows or produce their own, or work with young people in education and community contexts. 


Students pursue careers as musical theatre professionals creating, performing, researching or writing; working with young people as a teacher or in community contexts; or working for producing/receiving houses.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey)

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work Placements

Students have the opportunity to undertake external internships.

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 408 hours
  • Independent learning: 792 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 756 hours
  • Placement: 216 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Key features of the student experience are the performance modules and assessment; opportunities to undertake professional internships; opportunities to participate in workshops with international professional artists; and the chance to work with staff on their own performance projects and research activities.


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 37% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 63% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 41% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 59% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 56% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 44% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.




2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Musical Theatre 30

In this module students will perform excerpts taken from a number of musical theatre works. Examples might include: 1920s-30s musical comedy, 1940s-50s book musicals, political musicals, non-linear musicals, juke box musicals, post-modern musicals, rock and pop musicals, community musicals.
Excerpts will be chosen and worked on in practical classes so that students understand style, genre and context through embodied learning, but this work will be informed by conducting background research into the work, the styles, the contexts and so on.

Between Speech and Song 30

This module is an introduction to basic principles of vocal sound production technique from a holistic, release-based perspective. Fundamentals include: application of abdominal, thoracic, vertebral breathing patterns to sound production; techniques for the use of resonators and the cultivation of resonance; work with sustained tones; articulation of sound in the English language and alinguistic sounds. Students are introduced to solo and group vocal improvisation as applied to sung and spoken material.

Physical Skills 1 30

The module focuses on the development of the dancer by building skills, knowledge and understanding through safe dance practice.  Contemporary techniques, practices and approaches will underpin the classes on the module, supported by viewing live and video dance performance.  Students will explore a range of movement styles and approaches with an aim of building their physical and expressive capacity.  Focus will be on strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination to enable the exploration of different dance techniques and performance styles.   Students will be encouraged to integrate these approaches to develop an individual embodiment for application in choreographic and improvisational contexts dancing alone and with groups.

Histories and Contexts 30

The module will be presented as a series of lectures introducing performance practitioners, concepts and their contexts, exploring how the history of ideas informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures and art forms.

It will encourage the students to study its historical, cultural, social and political contexts through case study of key practitioners. It will actively question performance in all its manifestations and encourage students to build on their personal experience. By studying performance as ‘living history’ and placing the study firmly within these specific contexts, the students will be able to reference and manipulate the information to inform their own future creative work.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

New Musical Theatre Performance 30

New musical theatre works are constantly being created for professional performance, community contexts, and for other environments. In this module you will have the opportunity to perform a short musical theatre work that is new to you or that you have made a contribution to creating. This process of working on newer material will help you to understand the ways in which musical theatre functions differently for audiences than for performers, to learn about the processes of translating a work from page to stage, and to begin to understand the dramaturgies of musical theatre.

Developing the Voice 15

This module allows students to focus on the development of their own voices in both singing and speaking.  Drawing on the knowledge and exploration undertaken at level 4 this module will facilitate the further development of individual student vocal potential across a range of genres and contexts, with the aim of developing the student voice capable of operating confidently in both speech and song.  Focus will be placed on the development of technical confidence, competence and understanding in order to facilitate engagement with a range of texts and repertoires across the spectrum of vocal use.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and analysis and the development of reflective practice.

The Role of the Actor: Voice, Body, Ethics 30

This double module will introduce students to a range of solo and ensemble theatre practices, through vocal and physical explorations of action and composition, with the aim of exploring questions around the agency of the actor, and related ethical issues, in different twentieth and twenty-first century theatre contexts.  Sessions will consist of a combination of workshops, seminars and occasional viewings of performance work.  Students will be expected to engage with a range of set readings which offer context and critical analysis of the practices with which they will be engaging across various forms of actor training that will be undertaken in the workshops on the module.   The workshops will take the form of different voice and body training practices, usually aligned with the work of particular practitioners and will explore what is the practical research of the actor.  Assessment for this module is primarily practical but will also involve a short written piece or a research forum.

Studying Musical theatre: Theoretical Approaches 30

This theoretical module will focus on understanding the way musical theatre works respond to and are received in the context of history, genre and socio-cultural politics. It will introduce key theoretical concepts including integration, globalisation, interculturalism, postmodernism, and key political developments such as identity politics and theories of the body to challenge the idea that musical theatre is simply entertainment.
It will be taught through lectures, seminars and classroom discussions and tasks. The work of this module will inform the practical exploration in other modules.

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules

Puppetry and Object Manipulation 30 Credits

Digital Performance 30 Credits

Physical Theatres 30 Credits

Open Project 30 Credits

Dramaturgy 30 Credits

Analysis and Creative Development 30 Credits

Immersive Performance 30 Credits

Contemporary Cultural Heritage 30 Credits

Writing for Performance 30 Credits

Performance Criticism 30 Credits

Transcultural Practices 30 Credits



Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Musical Theatre Production 60

This production module offers the opportunity for students to be involved in a large, directed musical theatre performance. Students will be required to conduct background research about the musical, the context, and their role, to attend rehearsals and to develop their roles using techniques learned elsewhere on the programme. The module will culminate in the performance of the musical.

Extended Independent Study (Portfolio) 30

This module allows students the opportunity to negotiate the content of an individual portfolio of devised practical or written work. By arrangement the student may also undertake work-based learning. The module is supported by a compulsory series of debates about contemporary issues in Musical Theatre to which students will contribute. The debates may inform content, structure, subject or methodology of the individual practice. Performance skills alone are insufficient to pass this module.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15 Credits

Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15 Credits

Internship 15 Credits

Physical Skills 2 15 Credits

Extending the Voice 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred or at West Downs, Winchester