University of Portsmouth has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
If you want to expand your knowledge and skill in performance, theatre, and musicals, this BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree course is the perfect choice if you want a successful career in many sectors.
On the course, you'll indulge your enthusiasm for voice, music, movement, acting and production. You'll get to create your own theatre company, mount a full-scale musical in just 2 weeks and have dedicated one-to-one singing lessons. You'll also learn a sought after set of vocational skills that will help you break into the business side of industry.
As a member of the national Musical Theatre Network, you’ll be able to make use of our industry connections when you start your career after the course. You'll be set for a career as a performer and in roles in the wider theatre industry.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
Use our drama studios in the White Swan Building, which is connected to Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal
Practise what you learn in our professional-grade rehearsal areas, including a dance space, a sound recording booth, video editing suites, and music rooms equipped with pianos
Work alongside your peers and new writers to create shows, gaining invaluable experience in creative collaboration
Have the chance to perform in front of agents, producers and casting directors as part of our annual London Showcase
Study at the home of the UK's only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre (Studies in Musical Theatre)
- Have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from the biggest names in theatre and arts – past speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant, and professionals from The Fecund Theatre Company, The Solent People's Theatre and The Big Brum Theatre
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, you'll be set for a career as a performer and for roles in the wider theatre industry.
Past graduates have gone on to careers in:
theatre, arts and events management
the media industry
- project and team management
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- arts administrator
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
Core modules include:
- Text and Practice
- Studying Performance
- Intensive Drama Workshop
- Devised Project
- Practical Skills
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules include:
- Musical Theatre in Context
- Musical Theatre Skills
- Musical Theatre Laboratory
- Music: Practice, Performance and Research
Optional modules include:
- Professional Experience
- Student Enterprise
- British Musical Theatre: Unsung Legacies
Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules include:
- Applied Theatre
- Musical Theatre Dissertation
- Forming a Company
- Alternative Theatres
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
You’ll be assessed through:
- practical performance
- dramatic writing
- video productions
- group presentations
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 57% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 112 points||104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.|
|A level||104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||25 points||25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H4, H4|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D - D*D*|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||104-112 Tariff points.|
Additional entry requirements
UK applicants will be invited to an Interactive Workshop. All EU/International applicants will be asked to upload a short video task. Details will be given to applicants on invitation to interview
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.|
|PTE Academic||54.0||An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79.0||79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|