Musical Theatre auditions

Studies starting in September 2018

Entrance requirements

Musical Theatre Department MA entrance requirements are as follows:

  • A high level of performance attainment as determined at audition
  • Normally a Bachelor degree with honours. We can also accept an equivalent standard of performing ability and professional experience. Please see our entrance requirements page.
  • The English Language requirements are detailed on our English Language web page

The Master of Arts is a postgraduate programme. We have an APEL procedure for applicants who have not completed the normal matriculation requirements but we should note that applicants coming straight from school are very unlikely to be able to meet the matriculation requirements even if they have had extensive performance experience at a high level. We will consider all applications but in the exceptional case that someone is accepted straight out of secondary school we will not be able to offer the MA degree but a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert). The PGCert consists of the same practical experience without the MA frame, the programme specifications are published on our programmes of study page.

The department welcomes applications from graduates, mature students and performers wishing to undertake an intensive course with the intention of re-focusing their careers.

All applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires, you can find a direct link on our Apply page

The application deadline is 1 November 2017 for studying Musical Theatre or Musical Direction and Coaching.

UCAS Conservatoires course code 704F (Master of Arts) is for either the MA in Musical Theatre or the MA in Musical Direction & Coaching, code 914F is for the Professional Diploma in Musical Direction & Coaching.

More information about the Musical Direction and Coaching principal study on this web page, and the entrance requirements for the Professional Diploma are on our Post-Masters Diplomas page.

Musical Theatre candidates only need select ‘Musical Theatre’ as their Instrument - we do not ask for your voice-type at that stage of the application. 

Audition requirements

Musical Theatre Master of Arts audition requirements are as follows:

  • Three songs demonstrating different voice qualities. Live accompaniment only, no backing tracks please.
  • One contemporary, naturalistic speech or monologue (no more than two minutes). Please avoid poetical style, e.g. Stephen Berkoff or Samuel Beckett
  • Discussion with panel (at audition) OR short explanation of motivation to join the Programme (video)

Improvisation and text sight-reading may be included as part of your audition, and an accompanist is provided.

Musical Direction and Coaching audition requirements are available on this web page.

Next Event

The Sweet Smell of Success

28.06.2018 19:00, Susie Sainsbury Theatre

Based on the 1957 movie of the same name, The Sweet Smell of Success tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist named JJ Hunsecker who uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems inappropriate.


The Stage - prestigious

The Stage - prestigious