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Musical Theatre, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The MA in Musical Theatre at Liverpool John Moores University seeks to develop your mastery of musical theatre craft, alongside current, relevant critical enquiry and scholarship. The programme focuses on the question: “what constitutes excellence in musical theatre?”​At the heart of the programme's work is an exploration of craft in creative processes and a belief that rigorous critical enquiry and best creative practice are inextricably linked. It aims to champion new work and new ways of working, and celebrates the unique expressive opportunities and appeal of the musical.

​With a unique ideology and appeal, the degree embraces not only the commercial musical theatre of Broadway and the West End but more experimental work, alongside other recognised forms such as cabaret, burlesque, melodrama, drag, and pantomime. The degree also provides a specific focus for the study of the British musical and its artists.

Career

This programme is aimed largely at applicants who consider themselves ‘musical theatre artists’, whatever the context of their activities – professional, amateur, or educational.

​It will have an appeal for librettists, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, musical directors, performers and teachers – though not exclusively so; anyone involved in and interested in getting better at making musical theatre (as well as meeting entry criteria, of course) is welcome to apply.

​In addition, for those with backgrounds in composition, orchestration, playwriting, poetry, etc, it is an opportunity to apply those skills to the specific demands of the musical theatre’s dramatic and theatrical imperatives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methodology and Proposal 
  • Critical Perspectives and Repertoire 
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory 1 (Crafts) 
  • Specialist Crafts 
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory 2 (Ensemble) 
  • Dissertation and Project 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a performing arts-related subject
or
    • a minimum three years professional training or significant musical theatre experience with demonstrable creative potential and critical thinking assessed through interview/audition and written submission
    and
      • to demonstrate that you have sufficient knowledge to embark on and complete the programme so you should provide evidence of your learning capability, study opportunity and commitment

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        13950 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 13950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
      • EU/EEA

        6900 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 6900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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      Living costs for Liverpool

      • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
        Living Costs

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