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About the course

If you dream of being in the cast of a West End or Broadway musical, Solent’s dynamic BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree will help you build your practical performance skills in singing, dancing and acting alongside the academic study of musical theatre performance and production, helping you gain the knowledge to kick-start a fantastic career.

With a key focus on future employability, you will be trained in up-to-date acting techniques, and receive vocal coaching based on the highly regarded Estill Voicecraft model. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in related areas – such as directing, theatre in education and theatre and well-being, as well as engaging in extended dance, vocal or instrumental training.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to participate in a performance showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to present yourself to the industry and develop professional networks that will help launch your career in the performing arts.

The supportive academic team have a broad range of international and national industry experience and maintain excellent links with industry, enabling you to benefit from connections with local theatres including The Nuffield Theatre, The Point Theatre and Soloman Theatre. Recent guest speakers have also included Earl Carpenter (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera), Kathryn Barnes (West End performer and choreographer), Mark Wheeler (Playwright and director), and representatives from Equity and Spotlight.

Studying musical theatre at Solent combines practical performance skills with academic study to help you become a well-rounded musical theatre performer. It also enables potential career directions in other areas of the creative industries. Whatever direction you choose to follow, musical theatre at Solent offers an exciting, collaborative and professionally-focussed starting point.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Our annual showcase is an opportunity for you to present yourself to the industry and develop networks that will support your career development.

What does this course lead to?

This course offers excellent preparation for a career as a musical theatre performer or actor, and also roles in broader areas such as screen acting, radio presenting, directing and teaching. 

Who is this course for?

Solent’s musical theatre degree is ideally suited to students who want to develop a career in the performing arts, as a musical theatre performer or actor/singer. Applicants will ideally have some previous experience and/or qualifications in drama and will be required to present an audition. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Trip to London – Surviving Actors Conference - £50
Movement clothing - £40

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • UK applicants are required to attend an audition – applicants will be required to prepare one monologue and one song.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be required to send electronic auditions.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • The Broadway Musical
    The American repertoire of Broadway shows remains central to your work as musical theatre performers and scholars. This module will help to familiarize you with a range of key American Musicals, each of which demonstrates different aspects of style and genre. 
  • Body and Voice
    This unit focuses on different techniques and practitioners that will enable you to free, release and develop your physical and vocal apparatus building a toolkit of exercises that will be used throughout your training and forward into the profession.
  • Acting in Musicals
    This module could make a real difference to your musical theatre performances.  It’s your opportunity to focus on advanced acting techniques using a range of popular and contemporary practitioners.
  • The West End Musical
    This module will help to familiarize you with a number of key West End Musicals, each of which demonstrates different aspects of style and genre. You will also be asked to think about and research contexts - the circumstances, from which particular shows were written, performed and understood by their first audiences. 
  • Directed Musical Theatre Production
    In this practical unit, you will use the skills you have learned to prepare and rehearse an extended 20 – 30 minute ‘work in progress’ excerpt from a musical. 
  • Musical Theatre Styles
    A fast-paced and energetic module that provides an exploration into different musical theatre styles which may include ensemble, solo and chorus work.

Year two

Core modules
  • Musical Theatre and Identity
    We will use several case studies from the mid twentieth century onwards to investigate how musical theatre reflects, constructs, reinforces and challenges individual and community identities.
  • Musical Theatre – Live Brief
    This module throws you into making theatre for a professional context where a brief will be set by an individual or company who requires a musical theatre response to a real world situation.  
  • Performance Techniques
    In this challenging module you will strengthen your understanding, knowledge and application of how to use your body and voice in combination as a unique instrument to create performance work.
  • Musical Theatre Inside and Out
    In this module you will investigate popular musical theatre from the 'inside' - how it is produced - and from the 'outside’ - how audiences receive it.
  • The Show
    In this practical module, you will use the skills you have learned to prepare, rehearse and perform a show in front of an audience. 
  • Scene into Song
    In this dynamic module, you will research and explore the essential ingredients needed to make a great musical theatre number – a scene into a musical song and dance.


Year three

Core modules
  • Final Major Project – Musical Theatre
    In self-created groups, you will locate and research a one act-musical to produce and rehearse to performance level. This could be an existing show which has been produced professionally, an unperformed show which could be workshopped and brought to performance level or a piece which has been written/devised by you.
  • Research Project
    You will be introduced to primary and secondary research practice.  Depending on your area of research, this might include tips on how to approach professionals. You will be given advice and tactics on conducting interviews. 
  • Audition Preparation
    Audition Preparation will lead you through a range of audition formats.  You will develop repertoire in monologues and song that can be used in auditions for casting directors, agents, and drama schools as well as exploring workshop style and dance group auditions.  
  • Musical Theatre Portfolio
    You will develop your own online portfolio, which can include photographs, show reels, voice reels, website, Spotlight page, Social Networking and more, designed to showcase and present your talents to the world. A range of industry speakers will ensure you have real-world experience and knowledge. 


  • Performing Arts in Education
    For anyone interested in Performing Arts teaching as a career, or in developing skills in leading workshops which you can add to your performance CV, this is the optional module for you.
  • Directing Performers
    This module will give you the opportunity to direct a scene from a play script/musical theatre libretto and present it to an invited audience. 
  • Music Theatre
    With music at its heart this module delves into devising from stimulus material and non-musical texts. It approaches the work through creating music, physical theatre and movement.  
  • Stage Combat
    With the growth in the gaming industry and popularity of action films and television series, it is now more important than ever for a versatile actor to be able to carry out a choreographed combat sequence with confidence and safety.  

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Maggie Tarver academic profile Maggie Tarver Course Leader View profile
Michael Goron academic profile Michael Goron Associate Lecturer View profile
Annie Sanger-Davies academic profile Annie Sanger-Davies Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students have full access to a variety of rehearsal spaces including rehearsal rooms and a dance studio with sprung floor, as well as an additional 200-seat flexi-form space on campus, which can be used for live performances. Final productions take place in a professional theatre venue. Performance students can also use the University's three multi-camera television studios with green-screen technology, additional television studio space and radio recording studios. The University is also in negotiations to further expand resources for the performance degrees by offering a high-quality professional space in the city.

Students will be able to use the University's extensive collection of musical equipment, including a piano, electronic keyboards and portable stereo systems, as well as technical equipment including Panasonic 151 HD cameras, rifle mikes, tripods and monitors, radio microphones, a mixing desk, and dictaphones for interviews and research. 

On-site library facilities include a range of industry specific books, articles, journals, DVDs and audio-visual resources to support research.

Working closely with our industry partners ensures you work towards industry standards and obtain real industry feedback. 

Your future

Solent’s musical theatre degree will prepare you for a career in the performing arts. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Musical theatre performer
  • Actor/singer
  • Theatre/arts administration
  • Cruise ship entertainer
  • Cabaret performer
  • Children’s entertainer
  • Model
  • Teacher
  • Theatre in education
  • Drama intern

Industry links

The team work directly with industry to make sure students get the most relevant and up-to-date training for the contemporary performing arts. Our staff offer a broad range of international and national industry experience to ensure that you benefit from professional expertise.

Students have recently benefited from opportunities with; Forest Forge Theatre, Mark Wheeler (Playwright and Director), Zoielogic, Scott Williams (Actors Centre London) and Tristan Bates Theatre.

Recent guest speakers have also included representatives from Equity, Spotlight and The Point Theatre. Earl Carpenter, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera (also a visiting professor); Elizabeth Healey, playwright; Debora Gearing, playwright and director.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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