Musical Theatre - BA (Hons)

Your tutors will include established musical directors, artistic directors and choreographers – and you’ll learn in professional performing arts facilities including our Mumford Theatre.

On our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree you will gain skills unique to musical theatre training, specifically actor-musicianship, physical theatre, dance and choreography.

Course details

As a Musical Theatre student at ARU, you’ll train with industry professionals, take part in showcases and productions from Year 1, and gain real-world experience.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

With a buzzing creative scene, and opportunities to perform in renowned local venues, Cambridge is the perfect place to study Musical Theatre. You can even choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding on offer to help cover the cost.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree prepares you for a variety of roles in the performing arts, and the wider creative industries. Our wide choice of optional modules means that you’ll be able to specialise in a particular area, if you choose to. Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty’s employability support. Creative industries You can work as a musical theatre performer, director, choreographer, or stage manager or you could choose to focus on technical theatre. You could also create your own company, produce new work and tour it globally. You can access jobs within arts organisations and management, acting as a theatre producer or event organiser, or join theatre and companies’ marketing teams. You may develop as an arts journalist or critic or you could work in arts fundraising.


You’ll show your progress mainly through performance and practical work, with some small written components or longer essays if you choose theoretical options. The methods of assessment will include studio and public performances, essays, presentations, critical reflections, and a Major Project, which can be practical or written work.

  • Technical Skills 1 and Showcase
  • Technical Skills 2
  • The Small-Scale Musical
  • The Book Musical
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Theatre Theory and Specialist Skills
  • Industry Project
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Professional Preparation
  • Professional Practice

Optional modules

  • Directing
  • Stage Choreography
  • Acting Through Song
  • Vocal Reel
  • Dance Collaboration
  • Workshop Facilitation