School of Humanities and Performing Arts

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Train to be a Musical Theatre performer and experience real-world work-based learning with Theatre Royal Plymouth while enjoying all the benefits of campus life at University of Plymouth. Hone your acting craft alongside your peers, learn singing and acting-through-song in workshops and masterclasses and develop your dance skills in our sprung-floor, purpose-built fully accessible studios and award-winning theatre space.

Plymouth Conservatoire - Esme Appleton in Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Golem. Photograph: Bernhard Mueller.

Join Plymouth Conservatoire

This programme is delivered through Plymouth Conservatoire - a unique collaboration between the University and Theatre Royal Plymouth, providing training and professional experience that will set talented students apart in today’s arts and creative industries.

Plymouth Conservatoire

Join us in September 2022

We are excited to announce our new BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree launching for September 2022 entry.

Key features

  • Taught in collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth.
  • Multi-million-pound award winning theatre space at The House.
  • Fully accessible studios.
  • Major productions in each year.
  • Final year showcase for industry.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Introduction to the primary elements of musical theatre, with teaching in acting, dance and singing culminating in an end of year showcase performance.

  • Year 2
  • Deepen your training in Musical Theatre – learn advanced acting or dance techniques and synthesize these in production. You also have the option to study acting for radio, for voice-over and computer games, or dramatic writing and audio recording.  

  • Optional placement year
  • Gain valuable skills and experience by completing an optional placement year.

  • Final year
  • Curate your professional digital profile, meet and network with agents and casting directors and perform in your final end of year showcase.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff


A level
104 points, including a minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
26 points. If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably performing arts, humanities or combined) with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

Mathematics and English language grade C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

English language requirements
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Diversity and accessibility are really important to us and so we audition all of our candidates, UK-based and international in a way that works for you and for FREE.

You may choose to come to one of our audition days at our fully accessible studios and theatres or, if you have specific mobility requirements, if the costs of travel are prohibitive for you, if you work full time or if you live abroad, you might like to take part in one of our ‘digital auditions’. Offering digital auditions allows us to reach out to talented applicants who are not in a position to travel.

Whether you come onsite to audition or whether you audition on line you will have the same welcoming and inclusive experience.

All applicants will be asked to perform two, short contrasting theatre monologues, perform a song and participate in a selective dance workshop.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

The future of theatre

Our collaboration with Theatre Royal Plymouth is totally unique. It gives our students the best of both worlds and access to leading research, teaching and creative practice. It allows us to get on board with the latest developments in theatre as they are happening.

"Training at Plymouth in 2020 looks like training will look like everywhere in 2030 – inclusive, accessible and progressive."

Dr John Matthews tells us why Plymouth offers a unique and career-building experience for performers

Discover Plymouth Conservatoire

Get the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities. Our training and professional experience will set talented students apart in today’s arts and creative industries.

Take a tour

Watch a video tour of the spaces at Plymouth Conservatoire with Josh Slater, Lecturer in Dance, Theatre and Performance. See the spaces where our students learn, perform and experience visiting performance companies. Hear about the equipment available for students to use. See how flexible our purpose-built spaces at Plymouth Conservatoire are.

Get a foot in the door with a Plymouth Conservatoire career placement

Your own purpose built theatre:

The House

The University of Plymouth committed £7 million to building The House, a purpose built theatre on campus – and now the teaching home to Plymouth Conservatoire. 

A state-of-the art building, built to the very highest technical and sustainable specification, this award winning facility is a fully-accessible building with a 200-seater auditorium, a studio theatre and rehearsal spaces.

Come in to The House

<p>The House stage</p>
The House stage
<p>The House stage viewed from above</p>
The House stage from above
<p>The House studio</p>
The House studio
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 307</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 307
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 306</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 306
<p>Roland Levinsky Building room 308</p>
Roland Levinsky Building room 308

Our musical theatre staff