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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, industry knowledge, and a great work portfolio to kick-start your career in the exciting world of musical theatre.

This course prepares students for a career in performing arts by combining training in singing, dancing and acting with the academic study of musical theatre performance and production, enabling them to become well-rounded musical theatre performers.

Students also have the chance to develop skills in related areas such as directing, education and wellbeing, and take part in extended dance, vocal or instrumental training. With support from the course team, students are encouraged to develop their professional talents by focusing on audition and interview techniques, vocal skills and CV writing.

In their final year, students have the opportunity to participate in our London Showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to present themselves to the industry and develop professional networks that will help launch their career in the performing arts.

The course team has a broad range of international and national industry experience, but students will also hear from external guest speakers such as actors, directors, singing coaches and theatre reps, who share their unique insights. There are also opportunities to work with local professional theatres such as the Nuffield Theatre, The Point theatre and the Solomon Theatre Company, giving students industry feedback on their work and building professional contacts. 

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

The course provides comprehensive practical training for a career in musical theatre. Students may benefit from professional connections with local theatres and visiting industry professionals.

What does this course lead to?

The popularity of musical theatre has soared in recent years and there is a wealth of opportunities for talented performance artists. This course offers excellent preparation for a career as a musical theatre performer and also in broader areas such as screen acting, radio presenting, directing and teaching.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for aspiring performers who wish to begin a career on the stage in musical theatre. Candidates will be expected to prepare audition pieces to accompany their application.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 tuition fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year

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 2020/21 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
Book costs for this course will be approximately £28. The reading list will be confirmed upon enrolment on the course.

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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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 contemporary monologue and a song from a piece of musical theatre. They should also be prepared to learn/follow an unprepared dance routine.
  • 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.
  • Additional entry is available through the Performance Foundation Year.
  • 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team: 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 

Performance Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 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

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Histories and Contexts 1: The American Musical
  • Histories and Contexts 2: the West End and Beyond
  • Core Skills: Body and Voice
  • The Self and Text 1
  • Approaches to Musical Theatre 
  • Directed Production Project

Year two

Core units
  • Musical Theatre and Identity
  • Musical Theatre Inside and Out
  • Professional Performance Skills - Live Brief
  • Stage and Screen Production
  • Performance Techniques


  • Performance and Wellbeing
  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Directing Performers
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance in the Digital Age

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

Year three

Core units
  • Major Production Live Brief
  • Creative Industries Research Project
  • The Solo Performer 
  • Careers in the Creative Industries


  • Creative Arts in Education
  • Performance and Wellbeing
  • Directing Performers
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performance in the Digital Age

Please note: Not all optional units 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
Matt Fletcher academic profile Matt Fletcher Senior Lecturer 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.

Students have the opportunity to take part in a West End showcase in their final year and the course helps to prepare students for entry into the professional world through auditions, CVs and photos.

Your future

Graduates could go on to do postgraduate training in acting and various practical skills at other training institutions. They could pursue master's degrees in areas of specialisation such as musical theatre, music theatre, acting, directing, creative writing, applied theatre and drama-therapy.

  • The theory side of the course underpinned the practical aspects that we were learning and allowed us to experiment with different approaches to performing.

    Neil Gibbs, Graduate

  • I was offered a wide and varied range of experiences and opportunities. Over the three years I was taught a variety of skills, from running a lighting rig or shooting and editing film to writing full-length plays. Our tutors were supportive and yet encouraged us to stand on our own two feet.

    Thomas Jancis, Graduate

Industry links

The course team works closely with their industry partners to ensure professional standards are aimed for and real industry feedback is obtained. The team work directly with the 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.


There are opportunities to work with local professional theatres such as the Nuffield Theatre, The Point theatre and the Solomon Theatre Company, giving students industry feedback on their work and building professional contacts. 

Further study

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