School of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Performance

MA Full-time 1 year

Associated Studios are thrilled to announce the launch of a Master’s Musical Theatre Performance, validated by the University of Wolverhampton.

Associated Studios are thrilled to announce the launch of a Master’s Musical Theatre Performance, validated by the University of Wolverhampton.

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  • Start Date(s) 12 October 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Associated Studios, London
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

Associated Studios are thrilled to announce the launch of a Master’s Musical Theatre Performance, validated by the University of Wolverhampton. Associated Studios take pride in developing performers of the highest calibre. You will be challenged and nurtured, inspired to work to the best of your ability. This vocational MA offers one year of intensive practical training in Dance, Singing and Acting, the skills required to become an outstanding Musical Theatre performer. 

Acting: Scene Study, Monologue, Character work, Shakespeare, Voice, Improvisation, Movement. 

Singing: Individual 1-1 Singing Lessons, Ensemble Singing, Acting through Song, Pop/Rock Workshops, Repertoire Classes to build a comprehensive Audition portfolio covering all genres of song required for professional Musical Theatre auditions.

Dance: Streamed Dance classes focusing on Jazz and Ballet technique and Musical Theatre Routine.

Industry Classes & Masterclasses: Performance and Mock Audition classes with Agents, Casting Directors and other Industry luminaries

Marketing and Business Seminars: Classes covering the entrepreneurial aspect of the Performer’s craft ranging from an Introduction to Marketing and Accounting to how to construct a Cabaret. 

Industry classes at Associated Studios London are given throughout the course of your study. We are incredibly proud of the strong links we have within the wider theatre industry and throughout your training you will come into contact with a number of different agents and casting directors, as well as visiting directors, choreographers and musical directors who are currently working in the industry both nationally and internationally 

Casting & Mock Audition Workshops: Including sessions with Agents, Casting Directors, eminent performers and Industry experts. 

Marketing: Teaching you the skills necessary to become an independent professional performer including: How to write a good industry standard CV, getting your head shots right, writing to agents and understanding theatre terminology.

This course is run in partnership with Associated Studios, take a look at their website for more information. 


What happens on the course?

Our MA Musical Theatre Performance focuses equally on all three disciplines; singing, acting and dancing. You will have the opportunity to perform and receive individual feedback daily.

Masterclasses & Mock Auditions

Throughout your course, you will participate in masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals, including mock auditions with Casting Directors, Producers and  Agents. All Associated Studios tutors also work in professional theatre.

Individual Singing Lessons

As well as your ensemble singing lessons, music theory and song performance classes, students on this course will also receive 15 individual singing lessons with a top vocal coach.

Agent Showcase

One of the highlights of this course is our West End Industry Showcase. You will have the chance to do what you do best in front of top Agents, Casting Directors and Producers.

Full-scale Musical Production

In your final term of training, you will take part in a full-scale musical production in a professional theatre in London. Run like a professional company rehearsal, you will audition, rehearse and work with a professional creative team.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!


  • Students will gain experience related to professional theatrical performance and production through practical application.
  • Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of Musical Theatre in the past, present and future, and gain an understanding of a broad range of Repertoire. They will gain an understanding of the suitability of Repertoire to their own casting bracket, as well as developing an industry-ready audition portfolio.
  • Students will gain professional-level skills required for a career in the musical theatre profession including dance technique, vocal technique and acting technique.
  • Students will acquire an advanced knowledge of the art and craft of theatre, and specifically Musical Theatre.
  • Students will learn to manage their independent learning, and personal and professional development in a way which will sustain them as analytical, creative and reflective performers.
  • Students will learn to work effectively as creative and imaginative collaborative artists with the capacity to lead and to be led in a professional environment. Associated Studios are passionate about Musical Theatre and have forged strong and trusted links with eminent industry professionals in both the UK and Internationally. Through this close association, we understand industry requirements and have a network of dedicated and highly experienced theatre practitioners who stand ready to offer you help and advice whilst you are studying with us, and after you embark on your career. All our coaches are leading industry practitioners including Musical Directors, Directors, Vocal Coaches, Choreographers, Writers, Composers and experienced Performers.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £14500 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £14500 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £14500 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Please note that currently this course is not available to International applicants.

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree. A relevant subject at this level is not required but is desirable from candidates.

The University and Associated Studios will also consider accepting candidates who have not completed an undergraduate degree in the following circumstances:

• Applicants with a Level 6 DipTCL in Professional Musical Theatre or Dance from a TCL Accredited Course • Performers who have 5 years of professional experience in Musical Theatre, Stage Acting or Film/Television, with supporting references from reputable production companies, directors and producers.

All successfully short listed applicants will be invited to attend an audition at Associated Studios, London.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English will be required to hold IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element or equivalent.

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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